Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Former US Attorney Cites Framers Intent in Denying Trump Self-Pardoning Power

Former US Attorney Cites Framers Intent in Denying Trump Self-Pardoning Power

President Donald Trump asserted Monday that he has the right to pardon himself but suggested that he won't use that power, adding that the special counsel investigation is "unconstitutional".

US President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday the president probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so.

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani reportedly said Sunday that Trump could shoot former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in the Oval Office and still not be indicted for it.

An array of President Trump's associates have been interrogated by special counsel Robert Mueller over whether Russian interference and a major conspiracy took place during his election campaign. Giuliani told ABC's "This Week".

"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Mr Giuliani told ABC's This Week.

A 20-page memo sent to Mueller by Trump's attorneys John Dowd and Jay Sekulow in January and published in full by The New York Times last week argues that Trump can not be guilty of obstruction of justice because he has full jurisdiction over all federal investigations.

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In another tweet he called Mr Mueller's appointment "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

In addition to the legal battles, Mr. Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings.

Giuliani admits he’s anxious about Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Trump
Earlier in the interview, he said that he and the other members of Trump's legal team (who don't appear on television every day) have concluded that the investigation is "rigged".

Constitutional scholars have been split on whether the president has the right to absolute self-pardon powers.

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani said to HuffPost. "Let me remind you of something, we don't live in a monarchy and you are not a king".

But in a 20-page letter to the special counsel, Trump lawyers said Trump dictated the statement.

"Thankfully the president hasn't done anything wrong and therefore wouldn't need one", she said.

In an interview with CNN last month, Giuliani said Mueller's team informed Trump's attorneys that they have concluded they can not indict a sitting president and "all they get to do is write a report".

"If he terminated an investigation of himself it could lead to all kinds of things".

"I'm not aware of an ask", she said, "but I would reiterate the president hasn't done anything wrong".

Giuliani also said during an interview Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that "the straight, unvarnished truth" is that Trump "wants to testify" because "he believes he's innocent".

Trump also gushed over his own performance in the first 500 days in the White House in his latest social media outburst.

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