Preet Bharara says Trump pardoning himself would be 'almost self-executing impeachment'

Rudolph W. Giuliani speaks to reporters at the White House on Thursday

The ex-mayor's comments come after the New York Times revealed the existence of a 20-page letter sent by Trump's legal team to Special Counsel Robert Mueller arguing that the president can't obstruct an investigation because he has the power to "terminate" it and can "exercise his power to pardon".

In the case of former President Richard Nixon, the Justice Department said he could not pardon himself, but others argue it is not precluded in the US Constitution.

On the question of whether Trump has self-pardoning power, the weight of opinion appears to be with Giuliani-He can, but he shouldn't.

Topics of Mueller's obstruction investigation include the firings of FBI director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as Trump's reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. "That's not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for".

On Saturday night, the former NY mayor raised eyebrows when he threatened to sue special counsel Robert Mueller, should he attempt to subpoena the president for interview. "That's another really interesting constitutional question: Can the president pardon himself?"

Mr. Trump's broad interpretation of executive authority is novel and is likely to be tested if a court battle ensues over whether he could be ordered to answer questions. I hope you can let this go"-but contends that Mueller can't ask Trump about the conversation because "t$3 he White House denied and refuted that the President said these words to Mr. Comey".

Meanwhile, Trump engaged in jabs at the Justice Department via Twitter on Sunday morning, going so far as to put "Justice" in quotes. Giuliani based that claim on his reading of the Constitution, and the fact that the Attorney General is appointed by the President (though AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation).

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"He probably does", Giuliani said, when asked on ABC's "This Week" if Trump has the ability to pardon himself.

It is unclear, too, whether and to what extent Mueller might be able to compel Trump to testify, if the president will not agree to a voluntary interview. Part of the investigation includes whether Trump tried to obstruct justice in the federal probe of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

Speaking on CNN on Sunday, House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that no president should pardon himself.

"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Giuliani added. "In light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the President".

There is an argument for self-pardoning from a president.

On Sunday Giuliani, by turns, said that conflicting statements about the source of Don Jr's statement were one reason he would not want the president, his client, to grant an interview to Mueller's prosecutors. Today, Trump can keep sending his lawyers out to make the most extreme political case-a president can't commit obstruction, for example-while he gives speeches about peace overseas and prosperity at home. "Should have told me!"

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