'I have the absolute right to pardon myself'

'I have the absolute right to pardon myself'

'I have the absolute right to pardon myself'

"I think (if) the President decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", Bharara, a CNN legal analyst, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

In his tweet, Trump again called the investigation a "never ending Witch Hunt" and said it is being led by "13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats".

United States President Donald Trump says he has committed no wrongdoing but has the "absolute" power to pardon himself, echoing sweeping arguments put forth by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Mr. Trump's comments on Twitter came a day after attorney Rudy Giuliani played down the possibility that the president could pardon himself, suggesting he might have that authority but would be unwise to use it.

Trump's team has sought to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election.

'In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted, ' Guiliani told HuffPost.

"I think the political ramifications of that would be tough", Giuliani said.

Attorneys Jay Sekulow and John Dowd, who departed the legal team in March, also argued Trump couldn't be investigated for obstructing justice because he has the ability to shutter a federal probe any time he wants.

He also insisted Trump's lawyers be able to view the "authorization" Mueller was given to conduct his investigation.

Legal experts disagree over whether Trump would indeed be able to pardon himself, as he claims.

Sanders said the same when asked whether Trump has consulted with the Office of Legal Counsel on his pardoning power.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't", Giuliani told ABC's "This Week."

Can a president pardon himself?

The lawyers claimed in the January letter that President Donald Trump did in fact dictate his son's misleading statement to the New York Times in July of a year ago regarding a campaign-era meeting with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. "You can read it that (pardon power) pretty much applies to anybody, but I don't think that makes much sense".

Asked if Trump has decided whether he will voluntarily be interviewed by Mueller, Giuliani said the answer is most likely no.

This kind of terribly uneducated-or worse, purposefully inaccurate-rhetoric by Trump's attorneys might get past the casual TV viewer between commercials, but not Norm Eisen, White House ethics lawyer for the Obama administration. President Bill Clinton was charged with obstruction in 1998 by the House of Representatives as part of his impeachment trial.

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