‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself,’ says Donald Trump

‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself,’ says Donald Trump

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.

"Let me remind you of something, we don't live in a monarchy and you are not a king", Deutch added.

Giuliani also said over the weekend that the president "probably" has the power to pardon himself but said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that it would be "unthinkable" for him to do so.

Giuliani's comments follow the publication of 20-page letter from Trump's legal team to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal Russian Federation investigation. He then again decried special counsel Robert Mueller's probe as a "never ending Witch Hunt".

Trump's most recent actions are leading people to believe that he will pardon anyone convicted as a result of Mueller's investigation.

When asked whether Trump has the power to pardon himself, Giuliani replied, "he probably does".

Tobias said there isn't much of a precedent for heads of state pardoning themselves in the US, but likely wouldn't be covered in their vast powers.

There's no precedent for it and thus no case law.

Responding to Giuliani's comments, former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara told CNN's Dana Bash that "If the President decided he was going to pardon himself, that's nearly self-executing impeachment". The only remedy for a president's wrongdoing would be impeachment, he said.


There does seem to be an interesting loophole a president could use to receive a pardon and remain in office.

"The Constitution is clearly prohibiting the president from engaging in self-dealing", Leib said.

"The appointment of the Special Councel [sic] is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

The President's ability to pardon others for federal crimes is well founded.

Calabresi asserted that under the appointments clause of the constitution, an official overseeing the probe would be a "principal officer" and would have to be someone who was appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

"President Trump thinks he can do a lot of things just because he is president", the authors write, adding: "But there is one thing we know that Trump cannot do-without being a first in all of human history". Last week he pardoned Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative pundit convicted of campaign finance crimes, and a year ago he pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who campaigned for Trump before being convicted in a case regarding racial profiling.

The liberal Democrat also said: "Whether or not there is an argument that is not what the framers could have intended".

The president began the week with a self-congratulatory tweet to mark his 500th day in the White House, saying: 'This is my 500th.

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