I have 'absolute right' to pardon myself

Wednesday, 06 Jun, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, suggested Monday that the President should hire a new lawyer if his current one is telling him that he can pardon himself. "I swear to God, it was a mistake".

"No", was the flat response to the pardon question from Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Miami, who also disagreed the Mueller appointment is unconstitutional.

While both claims lack strong legal foundation, according to most experts, they signalled that the president is doubling down against Mueller's probe into campaign collusion with Russian Federation and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice. Really?" Eisen said. "It is one of many absurd positions that follow from their argument. "I think the political ramifications of that would be tough". We the people must take our stand in November.

Mr. Trump tweeted Monday he had the "absolute right" to do so. Norm Eisen, the White House ethics lawyer in the Obama administration, said it is absurd to argue that a president can't be prosecuted for murder.

Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani if the president has the power to pardon himself, the former mayor of New York City responded that he "probably does".

"We couldn't have a better example than North Korea", said Mr Giuliani.

Still, he stood by the remark about hypothetically shooting the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as an example of his belief in the strength of the President's immunity.

Nevertheless, Trump's lawyers are "trying to come up with a narrow group of conditions in which" Trump could testify before Mueller's team, "if we can justify the fact that they have an open mind and that they'll conclude the investigation".

And Preet Bharara, who like Giuliani is a former NY prosecutor, agreed.

He predicted an upcoming report from the Justice Department's inspector general would establish conclusively that Comey acted improperly while in office.

Donald Trump says he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself, but says he has done nothing wrong in the Russian Federation probe.

The White House press secretary was also hammered with questions about Trump's claim that he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has predicted the investigation will ultimately lead to an impeachment battle, said Sunday that the president "probably" has the power to pardon himself.

"He's not going to pardon himself", Giuliani said. "Put all that together and people are backing off this thing".

So why did Giuliani say it?

"The reason it won't is because then it becomes a political problem". As Cuomo noted, that role may have contributed to the booing Giuliani received at Yankee Stadium on his 74th birthday last week.

"I think it's pretty clear both from what the founding generation anticipated and from the basic assumptions of the constitution that a self-pardon power just does not exist", concurred law professor Peter Shane, who earlier had published a scholarly article titled "Presidents, Pardons and Prosecutors".

"I would not go that far", he said.