Trump claims Mueller probe is unconstitutional and insists he can pardon himself

President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday

"He probably does", Giuliani said, when asked on ABC's "This Week" if Trump has the ability to pardon himself. Some have pointed to an August 1974 opinion rendered by the Department of Justice, four days before Richard Nixon resigned from office, which states, "Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President can not pardon himself".

In an apparent reference to the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he said the "witch hunt" led by "13 very angry Democrats" was continuing.

Also on Monday morning, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway was asked by a reporter why the president talked about pardoning himself.

"The appointment of the Special Councel (sic) is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL", Mr Trump said in another post. It's wrong, " said Christie, a former USA attorney.

The president echoed the argument put forth by his lawyers in a memo to the USA special counsel investigating Russian Federation that was made public in media reports over the weekend. "If the president were to pardon himself, he'll get impeached".

Later in the same program, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, also dismissed the argument put forward by the Trump legal team that the president inherently can not obstruct justice.

The president is even authorized to issue pardons in cases where no criminal charges have been filed, leaving the path open for Trump to issue a blanket pardon for those investigated by the Russian Federation probe, according to experts.

It remains an open question whether, if investigators find potentially criminal evidence against Trump, Mueller's team will try to challenge these longstanding Justice Department guidelines. "So I would like to convince them to exercise some, you know, constitutional restraint here".

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani reportedly said Sunday that Trump could shoot former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in the Oval Office and still not be indicted for it.

Rudy Giuliani said he believes Trump has the legal authority to pardon himself but the political ramifications "would be tough".

The president's power to issue pardons is spelled out in Article II of the Constitution. The foundation of America is that no person is above the law.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that he doesn't think the President should grant himself a pardon.

"He's not, but he probably does", Giuliani, said on ABC.

Writing in Foreign Policy magazine previous year, Mr. Kalt compared a self-pardon to vetoing legislation in return for taking a bribe. "Now, if an illegitimate investigation of the president amounts to an unconstitutional one, I'd have to do more research on that".

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