Can President Donald Trump pardon himself? Yes

Can President Donald Trump pardon himself? Yes

Can President Donald Trump pardon himself? Yes

Giuliani said impeachment was the initial remedy for a president's illegal behavior ― even in the extreme hypothetical case of Trump having shot former FBI Director James Comey to end the Russian Federation investigation rather than just firing him.

The former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, said that if Trump pardoned himself, it would be a "self-executing impeachment".

What has Mr Giuliani said? I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it.

Later in the same program, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, also dismissed the argument put forward by the Trump legal team that the president inherently can not obstruct justice.

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"If the President decided he was going to pardon himself, that's nearly self-executing impeachment". As early as last summer, as Mueller's probe proceeded, the president began quietly asking advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself.

Legal analysts said that as the head of the executive branch, Trump could issue pardons, fire senior officials or order them to shut down investigations.

Calling the investigation a "long nightmare with the American people", Giuliani also issued a challenge directly to Mueller's team, telling investigators to "man up" rather than seek to subpoena President Trump.

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Trump, who was spending a rainy Washington weekend at Camp David, also unleashed a new attack on the Justice Department, which he has repeatedly painted as corrupt and biased against him.

"President Trump can clearly pardon anyone - even himself - subject to the Mueller investigation", Professor Yoo writes.

"The Justice Department is given a certain amount of independence. but that's all the president's decision", Giuliani said on Meet the Press, though he added that the president is only "constrained by the impeachment power and the court's ability to undo indictments or investigations that are unfair".

Rudy Giuliani may be part of President Trump's legal team, but some are wondering which side he is actually on. But he continued to cast doubt on the special counsel's eventual findings, suggesting that Trump has already offered explanations for the matters being investigated and that the special counsel was biased against the president. This fact is coupled with a legal protection that makes the president not readily available to be interviewed unless the information can not be obtained by any other means.

House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on CNN on Sunday that no president should pardon himself.

"I think Jay was wrong".

"He could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired."
"Should have told me!"

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