Trump asserts 'absolute right' to pardon himself

Trump asserts 'absolute right' to pardon himself

Trump asserts 'absolute right' to pardon himself

Both men spoke out as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to probe alleged collusion between Team Trump and Russian Federation ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

"In the meantime, the never-ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!" he wrote.

Trump's Monday morning Twitter salvo comes hot on the heels of the publication of a 20-page document sent to Special Counsel Mueller from Trump's legal team earlier this year.

Harvard Law School constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe called Trump's position "ludicrous" and "legal fantasy".

The matter appeared to be playing on Mr Trump's mind as he tweeted a second post branding the investigation as "unconstitutional" twice within an hour - having misspelt counsel in his original tweet as "councel".

But one legal expert questioned whether there was actually a consensus that a commander-in-chief can pardon himself.

Giuliani, a former prosecutor, was not on Trump's legal team when the letter to Mueller was written. The Constitution gives the president power, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon", the memo said.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself", Giuliani told ABC News in another Sunday interview as he made rounds of Sunday talk shows.

The issue was just one of several relating the special counsel's investigation and the handling of it by the President's personal attorneys.

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

Mr Giuliani said the President can not be indicted or subpoenaed and has the power to pardon himself, leaving impeachment by the US Congress likely the remedy for presidential misconduct.

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday stood by broad assertions of executive power in a memo written in January by two other lawyers for the president. "Let me remind you of something, we don't live in a monarchy and you are not a king".

This kind of terribly uneducated-or worse, purposefully inaccurate-rhetoric by Trump's attorneys might get past the casual TV viewer between commercials, but not Norm Eisen, White House ethics lawyer for the Obama administration.

If Mr. Trump does not consent to an interview, Mueller will have to decide whether to go forward with a historic grand jury subpoena. "It is hard to imagine judicial backing of these views", said Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and author of a book on presidential powers.

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