Trump 'could pardon himself over Russian Federation but won't', says Giuliani

Tasos Katopodis  Getty Images Rudy Giuliani speaks at the conference on Iran

Tasos Katopodis Getty Images Rudy Giuliani speaks at the conference on Iran

Asked whether Trump has the power to give himself a pardon, Giuliani said, "He's not, but he probably does".

The question of self-pardoning arose after the U.S. media published a letter in which Trump's lawyers said he has absolute power as the USA legal chief to end investigations or even exercise his power to pardon.

"He's not, but he probably does".

"This is the reason you don't let the president testify", Giuliani told ABC.

Giuliani added that it is a "a really interesting constitutional argument". It would be an open question. "We're leaning toward not", said Giuliani, per Politico.

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Mueller's investigation originally focused on allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but over the past 12 months, the scope expanded to include unrelated charges against Trump campaign associates.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself", Giuliani told ABC's "This Week", adding that the Constitution appears to allow it.

Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in the guilty pleas of five people, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and the indictment of 14 other people and three companies.

Citing the powers given to him by the Constitution, it says the president can "terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon". Trump, like most presidents, has plenty of rich and powerful friends and a much longer list of rich and powerful people who would like to be his friends. Todd asked him to clarify whether he was making the case "that [Trump] didn't obstruct or that a president can not obstruct justice".

They also argued that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations. It's wrong. They were trying to make a broad argument. "I think the legally correct answer is, as usual, the opposite of Giuliani's answer".

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"We are writing to request that you hold an immediate hearing on the dramatic decision by the White House to obstruct investigations by our independent investigators at the Government Accountability Office", according to the letter.

Trump's team has asked for a briefing about the informant, but Giuliani said Sunday that the president would not order the Justice Department to comply because it would negatively affect public opinion. I mean, Trump's been telling us over, and over, and over again that this investigation is costing us way too much money. "Should have told me!" In that case, the court ruled in a probe involving former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy that the White House counsel 's notes from its own investigation of Espy were covered by executive privilege.

Or, I'll tell you what, you want a short little three, four month investigation?

Both Mr Trump and Russian Federation have continued to deny any collusion in the run-up to his shock election triumph, with the United States leader previously labelling the investigation a "witch hunt".

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