Trump claims 'absolute right' to pardon himself

Trump claims 'absolute right' to pardon himself

Trump claims 'absolute right' to pardon himself

George Mason University Public Policy Professor James Pfiffner, who's written about the possibility of a president pardoning himself for the Heritage Foundation, told The Post that it is "doubtful" Trump could do so.

Trump's attorney Rudy Guiliani claimed on Sunday that the President could have shot former FBI director James Comey to end his Russian Federation investigation and not faced prosecution while in office.

"The president hasn't done anything wrong".

"It seems like it would be a completely wrong assumption".

In a Times op-ed, former deputy assistant attorney general Harry Litman said the memo's "understanding of presidential power is radical and absolutist".

President Donald Trump on Monday said that although he had committed no wrongdoing, he has the "absolute" power to pardon himself, echoing arguments by his lawyer, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. "It is important that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation continue without interference from the White House or Congress". "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!" - he initially wrote.

The White House press secretary was also hammered with questions about Trump's claim that he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself. "I think it would probably get answered by gosh, that's what the Constitution says, and if you want to change it, change it".


Asked about Trump weighing whether he should pardon himself, Sen.

"You can't pardon yourself", Democratic US Representative Ted Deutch said on Twitter. "He's obviously not going to give up any of his pardon powers, or any future president's pardon powers, but under these circumstances he's not going to do that".

Article II of the Constitution states that the president "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment". That means no one - including the president himself - is above the law.

Trump's lawyers don't want him to be interviewed by Mueller, accusing the independent prosecutor, himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, of trying to "trap" the president in a lie. You will recall the now-famous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower - organized by Donald Trump Jr. and attended by Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner - for the objective of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has close ties to the Kremlin.

The tweet followed a story in The New York Times on Saturday that published Trump lawyers' confidential memo to Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing Russian interference in the USA presidential election. He says the president's legal team hasn't discussed that option, which many observers believe could plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis. And a pardon can't help anyone who gets impeached. "We are a society based on the rule of law, not of men".

"He can issue himself a pardon warrant. If presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy", Schumer said.

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