Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Donald Trump Isn't King: Watergate Prosecutor, Dems Say President Can Obstruct Justice

Donald Trump Isn't King: Watergate Prosecutor, Dems Say President Can Obstruct Justice

Trump's lawyers said, in the letter published by The New York Times, that he also has the power to pardon himself.

"Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment", Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press".

When asked whether Trump has the power to pardon himself, Giuliani replied, "he probably does".

Giuliani said he would be be "willing to sit down with Mueller and argue it out if he has an open mind to it".

"I have a feeling that collusion has come up completely empty", Giuliani said, adding that he thinks the inquiry into any possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation has probably ended.

That memo, first reported by the New York Times, also asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice.

Giuliani said he believes Mueller will wrap up the probe before September 1 given his sensitivity to "not doing another Comey and interfering horribly in the election".

Trump has issued two unrelated pardons in recent days and discussed others, a move that has been interpreted as a possible signal to allies ensnared in the Russian Federation inquiry. "The President is not saying he is going to pardon himself".

Numerous legal issues the president's team raised have little precedent, legal analysts said. The attorneys asserted that Mueller's team had "an ample record upon which to base your findings of no obstruction", and thus there was no need for the president to talk with investigators. "I think that's what happened here", Giuliani said.

"He [Trump] has broad constitutional powers and somebody who wants to question that has a big burden to show there is no explanation for what he did".

The president on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to USA campaign finance law violations.

Long-standing Justice Department rules have concluded that a sitting president can not be indicted for criminal wrongdoing.

The former Republican mayor of New York City was referencing former FBI Director James Comey's announcement he was reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server just days before the November 2016 elections.

This is not the first time the issue of the president's ability to pardon himself has come up.

Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, waves to people during White House Sports and Fitness Day on the South Lawn of the White House, on Tuesday in Washington.

It is dated 29 January and was sent to Mr Mueller by John Dowd, one of Mr Trump's lawyers who has since left the team. They have to make a decision without him.

The lawyers emphasize that Trump had already gone beyond what is legally required of him and had waived the executive communications privilege in order to exhaustively satisfy Mueller's queries.

Watch Trump's comments from the campaign trail above, via CNN. "Should have told me!"

Before delving into a detailed discussion of questions raised by Mueller, Trump's legal team points out that as the chief law enforcement officer in the nation, he has the power to terminate investigations and to pardon as he sees fit.

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