Giuliani says Trump doesn't intend to pardon himself, but 'probably' can

Giuliani says Trump doesn't intend to pardon himself, but 'probably' can

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.

They say that Trump's lawyers are prepared to "provide. the answers" to the Special Counsel's questions, apparently instead of having Trump do so himself, in order to help "preserve the dignity of the Office of the President of the United States".

The former New York City mayor, who was not on the legal team when the letter was written, added that Trump "probably does" have the power to pardon himself, an assertion challenged by legal scholars, but says the president's legal team hasn't discussed that option, which many observers believe could plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis.

Giuliani's use of Comey being shot as his example alluded to a comment candidate Trump famously said in January 2016, when boasting about his voter base. I think it would probably get answered by gosh, that's what the Constitution says, and if you want to change it, change it. Part of the investigation includes whether Trump tried to obstruct justice in the federal probe of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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A North Korean security agent stands still as President Donald Trump, right, looks on after a meeting with Kim Yong Chol, a former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

WASHINGTON ― Candidate Donald Trump bragged that he could shoot someone on New York's Fifth Avenue and not lose any support, and now President Donald Trump's lawyer says Trump could shoot the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in the Oval Office and still not be prosecuted for it.

The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Trump pardoning himself. This fact is coupled with a legal protection that makes the president not readily available to be interviewed unless the information can not be obtained by any other means.

Rudy Giuliani is supposed to be on cleanup duty, but he keeps making a mess. Could the president stop an investigation of himself, if not directly then by firing as many Justice Department officials as it takes until he finds one who will do it for him?

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In an email, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, a frequent critic of Trump, called the letter "flatly wrong legally and indefensible constitutionally".

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied all allegations that it interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election, calling the accusations groundless.

Trump also complained about Mueller's indictment of Paul Manafort, for three months his campaign manager in mid-2016, who was charged with criminal offenses linked to his lobbying efforts for Ukraine that predated his involvement with the Trump operations. "I'm not billing by the hour, otherwise I could tell you exactly", he joked about the case he has taken on for free. "I think people would erupt".

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