'I have a right to pardon myself'

Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

Trump’s team denies president plans to pardon himself

Rudy Giuliani says special counsel Robert Mueller's team is trying to frame U.S. President Donald Trump. "I'm very, very disappointed in Comey", Giuliani said. "I don't know how you can indict while he's in office". He previously covered the Trump White House. "The president has not done anything wrong", she said. In it, they say the president personally "dictated" a misleading statement about his son's meeting with the Russian representative during the last election, despite repeated assurances from his lawyer Jay Sekulow a year ago that he had done no such thing.

"Jay [Sekulow] and I want to keep an open mind, and I have to just be honest ... we're leaning toward not", Giuliani replied after host George Stephanopoulos asked if the president's lawyers were "still recommending he does not sit down for the interview".

Mr Mueller is investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election and whether Mr Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

Former United States attorney and deputy assistant attorney general Harry Litman wrote in the New York Times that the president "believes he is above the law". "His lawyers are very, very suspicious", he said. He said the informant was used to investigate Russia's role in the election.

Mr Giuliani suggested similar tactics should be used with the Palestinian Authority, which has cut off ties with the USA in protest over Mr Trump's decision to recognise contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The move by prosecutors is another sign that part of the Mueller investigation may be wrapping up. Most recently, he pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza last week.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that the question of whether Trump has legal authority to pardon himself in the special counsel probe is "an academic discussion", adding that he does not think Trump needs his advice on the issue.

On Monday night's Late Night, Stephen Colbert read Trump's tweet aloud then joked, "Oh, I love riddles". In that tweet, he insisted that "we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!"

A January memo from Trump's legal team to Mueller asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said he expects access to the information. He supported Trump in 2016 and was considered but passed over for positions in the administration.

In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should the special counsel find he interfered in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

Speaking earlier at the Globes capital market conference, Giuliani suggested high-pressure tactics should be used with the Palestinian Authority, which has cut off ties with the USA to protest Trump's decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Yet the former New York City mayor, who was not on the legal team when the letter was written, added that Mr Trump "probably does" have the power to pardon himself, an assertion challenged by legal scholars. An attorney for President Donald Trump is playing down the possibility that Trump would try to - if it came to that.

And Preet Bharara, who like Giuliani is a former NY prosecutor, agreed.

"And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".

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