Trump lawyer Giuliani says president can probably pardon himself

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"Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment", he said.

When ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani whether Trump could pardon himself, the former prosecutor - who was not on Trump's legal team when the letter was written - laughed and then said probably so.

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.

"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Giuliani told ABC's This Week.

The President's attorney said Trump would face impeachment rather than prosecution if he had shot former FBI Director James Comey in the Oval Office to end the Russian Federation probe instead of firing him, which Trump did last May.

It is indeed. Robert Mueller is not going away.

Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in the guilty pleas of five people, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and the indictment of 14 other people and three companies. Previously, the Trump team had denied, unconvincingly, that the president had anything to do with that missive.

Rudy Giuliani also spoke at length explaining the amount of authority the justice department holds over President Trump as compared to Congress.

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The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Mr Trump pardoning himself.

"The whole switch in public opinion that has been on the President's side", Giuliani said, "would probably shift back".

A court battle is likely if Trump's team argues that the president can't be forced to answer questions or be charged with obstruction of justice. It's a hypothetical point, " Giuliani said.

Bharara, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, told CNN that for a president to pardon himself would be "outrageous".

In an email, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, a frequent critic of Trump, called the letter "flatly wrong legally and indefensible constitutionally". In other words, even if the president fired Comey (or Mueller) exclusively to protect himself from criminal liability, it's all perfectly legitimate. The existence of the letter was first reported by The New York Times. The 74-year-old former New York City mayor made an even more stunning claim about Trump's power to remain out of Mueller's reach. "They were trying to make a broad argument".

Donald Trump wold not be indicted even he shot James Comey, Rudy Giuliani now claims. Trump would find little sympathy from Republicans in the Senate if he did so.

Although Giuliani said a decision about whether the president will voluntarily sit for an interview with Mueller's team would not be made until after a planned June 12 summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he said "we're leaning toward not" doing it.