Trump asserts 'absolute right to PARDON' himself

Bauer: Sessions should have been up front w/ Trump

The tweet from Trump comes after the New York Times published a letter Trump's lawyers sent to Mueller claiming the president has the power to terminate the investigation or even pardon himself of any wrongdoing.

That memo, first reported by the New York Times, also asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice. "And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong". "I think the political ramifications would be tough".

Sanders said the same when asked whether Trump has consulted with the Office of Legal Counsel on his pardoning power.

Trump has repeatedly denied collusion while Russian Federation has denied any interference in the election.

"Certainly not", Sanders said.

"But we've got to get him on with the affairs of business right now", Klayman told Newsmax TV.

The Constitution is silent on the issue of whether the president's broad power to grant pardons extends to himself, and some lawyers say that supports Trump's position. "Our recollection keeps changing" and sometimes needs to be corrected.

If Trump does not consent to an interview, Mueller will have to decide whether to go forward with a historic grand jury subpoena. Dowd left the legal team in March, while Sekulow continues representing the President. This approach, which could face its first real test in the coming weeks, could force the kind of constitutional showdown that two past presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, essentially sidestepped. He told the Huffington Post, "In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted".

In Trump's view, for instance, he is entitled to fire an Federal Bureau of Investigation director - Comey or any other - for any reason.

The talk of self-pardoning has raised eyebrows amid the roiling debate over the Russian Federation meddling inquiry and the president's cooperation - or lack of it. Trump has issued a series of ever-sharper tweets attacking the Mueller probe as politically motivated and insisting there was "no collusion" between his campaign team and Russian Federation.

Trump has called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt", despite five guilty pleas from former Trump associates and 17 indictments so far. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday echoed Trump like a Stepford wife: "There was no collusion". The investigation was opened after the emails were hacked from Democratic officials' accounts and published; intelligence officials later formally attributed the breach to Russian Federation.

The judge said the lawyers cited the wrong statute and they interpreted the wrong opinion when attempting to defend the president against allegations of obstruction of justice.

Meanwhile, President Trump has a busy week of preparing for the G7 summit where he faces tensions with Canada over recently implemented tariffs. He has said that a president can not be accountable for passing classified information to whomever he chooses, because he has the power to declassify documents for any reason at all. "Then why would he want to talk about pardoning himself?"

The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump has already proved willing to break from protocol through granting pardons outside the Justice Department's pardon attorney, which historically reviews clemency petitions and makes recommendations on worthy candidates. "That's not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for". "Should have told me!"

"The response of Congress and the courts will determine not only Donald Trump's political future, but also the shape of things to come long after he is gone", he wrote.

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