GOP Reps Warn Trump Against Pardoning Himself: 'Terrible Move'

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But he said such a move would surely incite political blowback and lead to impeachment proceedings. Still, his casually tossed-off assertion that a president under investigation can place himself completely above the law may have made even Richard Nixon blush.

The question of self-pardon arose after the New York Times published a letter to the counsel from Mr Trump's lawyers.

Mr Giuliani added Mr Trump "has no intention of pardoning himself", but the U.S. constitution, which gives a president the authority to issue pardons, "doesn't say he can't".

"He probably does", he said.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself", he continued. Only once before has he directly referenced his own presidential powers. I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it.

He added it would probably lead to an immediate impeachment.

"In issues of intent, there's only one person on Earth that can conclusively speak to that issue, and that is the president himself, " Turley said. His lawyers at the time began discussing his pardoning powers as well.

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Giuliani was responding to questions specifically about the Trump team's changing narrative regarding a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian nationals, as well as the president's role in drafting a statement on behalf of his son, Don Jr., which falsely implied that the meeting was primarily about "adoptions."

You may watch Rudy Giuliani's full interview with NBC News' Meet the Press and Chuck Todd in the video player above.

"This is the president's decision ultimately", he said. He is telling the truth. "I don't think a president should pardon themselves". "It's not that simple". As arguments against even asking him about the statements, they strike me as pretty silly.

The assertion by President Trump's lawyers that he can not obstruct justice because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations is legally problematic, analysts say, because it would essentially mean the nation's commander in chief is above the law.

Preet Bharara. U.S. Attorney for Southern District of NY. "They were trying to make a broad argument".

It is indeed. Robert Mueller is not going away.

In the letters dated June 23, 2017, and January 29, 2018, Trump's legal team presents a barrage of arguments and precedents for why Trump does not have to agree to an interview with Mueller. Manafort has been charged by Mueller with multiple felonies, including money laundering, conspiracy and bank and tax fraud.