'I have the absolute right to pardon myself'

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In a tweet tonight, the US President weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should special counsel Robert Mueller find he had interfered in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

On Monday in the Senate, Schumer said that Trump's "silly, farcical, even absurd" tweets about pardoning himself "reveal the increasing desperation" of the president. They argue that the President could not possibly have committed obstruction in the Russian Federation investigation because the Constitution empowers him to "terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired".

"I think the political ramifications of that would be tough", Giuliani added. During the 2016 presidential election, he focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

Mr Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mr Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings.

"What I can say is simply that there's nothing in the Constitution that prohibits it, but it'd be a disaster politically for them to try it".

On "State of the Union", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said he doesn't think a president should pardon himself or herself.

Most experts say his claims of the right to self-pardon, and accusation that the Mueller investigation is unconstitutional, lack strong legal foundation.

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ABC's George Stephanopoulos then raised the idea with Giuliani during an interview on June 3. "A guy from my high school claimed he could pardon himself, but everyone said he would have to have a rib removed so he could do it", Klepper said.

He was also on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Trump.

The leaked letter was part of a broader campaign fought by the White House legal team arguing that Trump should not have to sit down and give evidence to special counsel Mueller.

Republican lawmakers are pushing back against President Trump's claim he could pardon himself, though nothing in the U.S. Constitution precludes the president from doing so.

"They are a group of 13 highly partisan Democrats that make up the Mueller team, excluding him - are trying very, very hard to frame him, to get him in trouble, when he hasn't done anything wrong", Giuliani said. "This would be completely constitutional, according to Trump's new Supreme Court Justice Donald Trump".

Ryan also seemed to rebuff Trump's claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used a confidential informant to "spy" on his 2016 presidential campaign. "If presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy", Schumer said.