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I have the 'absolute right' to pardon myself, says President Trump

I have the 'absolute right' to pardon myself, says President Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself in the Russian Federation inquiry, while insisting he has done nothing wrong.

Michigan State Professor of Law Brian Kalt - who has been writing about presidential self-pardons since the 1990s - said for years "nobody cared about the legal arguments I presented because they thought the whole question was absurd".

"Any attempt by a president to pardon himself for crimes would create a constitutional crisis, and any such attempt would amount to an admission of guilt", Pfiffner said. You will recall the now-famous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower - organized by Donald Trump Jr. and attended by Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner - for the objective of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has close ties to the Kremlin.

"The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

Earlier Monday, the President tweeted about his pardon power.

"I think if the president decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", he said.

"He's not, but he probably does", Giuliani told ABC This Week. They have to make a decision without him.

"It's an abuse of the pardon power for the president to self-pardon".

This past week's pardon of Dinesh D'Souza for supposedly being "treated very unfairly by our government" and subsequent discussion of other celebrity pardons was no doubt a signal from Trump to people Mueller is communicating with that he was willing to exercise pardons on a whim.

Giuliani is quick to maintain that the President's constitutional powers protect him from all kinds of criminal prosecution or indictment by the intelligence community, but he is, of course, wrong. We have a president who lies constantly about matters big and small, a president whose word we can never trust.

But many legal experts disagree.

His comment suggested that Trump's lawyers were beginning to persuade the president of the dangers involved.

"I'm not saying that it would be a good thing, I think it would be kind of insane", he said. "Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him".

The United States Constitution does not specifically forbid a President pardoning himself, and there has been no clear ruling from the US Supreme Court on this question. "But staff are doing whatever they can to be able to honestly say: 'I know nothing, '" reported Swan.

"Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President can not pardon himself", Mary Lawton, former acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, said in the memorandum. HuffPo quotes Norm Eisen, a White House ethics lawyer who worked in President Obama's administration, as saying, "the foundation of America is that no person is above the law".