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Jun 05 2018
President Donald Trump claimed Monday he has an "absolute right" to pardon himself, part of an extraordinarily expansive vision of executive authority that is mostly untested in court and could portend a drawn-out fight with the prosecutors now investigating him. "In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!"
Comey is the former FBI director who was leading the Russian Federation investigation when Trump fired him.
"This is from a letter from outside counsel, and I would refer you to them to answer that question", she said.
The Trump Tower meeting - and the White House's initial response to the first reports of the meeting - has been a key moment in Mueller's investigation into whether anyone on the campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether Trump obstructed justice. "So that's what I can tell you because that's what we know".
Trump's comments echo the stance that his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has taken.
"It's one of those days when you just don't know what to do because we have two things put out as truth, and they're opposites", Smith said on Monday afternoon. He is facing the continuing year-long probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into links between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and whether he obstructed justice to thwart the investigation, with Trump often and vocally rejecting accusations of collusion with Moscow and obstruction.
For instance, Trump has repeatedly claimed that the president can not have a conflict of interest and therefore can not be held liable for corruption.
"It may well be an open question debated by constitutional scholars, but there's no doubt that if the President were ever to pardon himself it would have catastrophic implications for him and our country", she said.
Giuliani told Reuters on Sunday that a move by Trump to pardon himself would likely trigger political blowback leading to his impeachment. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he couldn't "imagine a president even bringing that up". Either way, the question of whether a president can pardon himself has bubbled up before, including when the Washington Postreported last July that the president consulted his advisers on the pardon power.
Meanwhile, Trump has been tweeting that: 'The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
"When the framers borrowed this concept from England, it was simply not contemplated that the president might use the power to pardon himself", Davis says.
Giuliani even suggested that the president could not be indicted for murder: "If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day. You stake out the most outrageous position and then anything else you do looks moderate".
The second-ranking Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, dismissed questions about Trump pardoning himself as "an academic argument".
But such pardons could also trigger impeachment trials in Congress on the claim that Trump was trying to obstruct justice. The president and his lawyers change their story of what Trump knew or didn't know, what he did or didn't do: firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director because of "this Russia thing"; approving payoffs to a porn star; knowing whether his son sought "dirt" from Russians and aid from Arab princes and an Israeli social media manipulator. "That's not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for".