In a series of tweets Monday morning, President Donald Trump asserted that he had the "absolute right" to pardon himself and that the special counsel's investigation into his campaign violated the US Constitution.
While arguing that the president has the theoretical ability to pardon himself, Giuliani and other Trump allies on Sunday nonetheless rejected the reality of such a brash move - in part because of the political backlash they said could lead to Trump's impeachment. Trump tweeted. "In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!"
Giuliani brought up the hypothetical scenario in remarks to The Huffington Post, in which he claimed that Trump would have to be impeached before he could face criminal prosecution.
Trump critics, though, have raised alarm that the president's recent pardon of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza and consideration of other acts of clemency are a signal he could exercise his pardon power in connection with the Russian Federation meddling investigation.
For many months after Mueller's appointment past year, Trump avoided directly challenging the special counsel.
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The dispute among scholars on the issue nearly guarantees that if Trump faced indictment and pardoned himself, the next step would be a court challenge, with the President's fate decided by judges - or even the Supreme Court.
In addition to the legal battles, Mr. Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings.
When asked whether Trump has the power to pardon himself, Giuliani replied, "he probably does".
Giuliani wasn't the only Republican against the idea of Trump issuing a self-pardon. "You are referencing a letter that came from outside counsel; i would refer you to them to answer that question", she responded patly.
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Moreover, Trump claimed that Mueller's investigation was unconstitutional.
"Once again, I can't comment on a letter from the President's outside counsel", Sanders said, sticking with a strategy that has served her so well. 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.
Trump hasn't been accused of wrongdoing, and highlighted that as he railed against Mueller's investigation.
"This understanding of presidential power is radical and absolutist", he said.
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