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

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Two confidential letters from President Donald Trump's legal team to special counsel Robert Mueller were leaked to The New York Times.

During an appearance on ABC's This Week programme, Mr Giuliani said the president had "no intention of pardoning himself" but "probably does" have the power to do so. I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it.

The former USA attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, said that if Trump pardoned himself, it would be a "self-executing impeachment".

Trump's team not only argues that he can pardon himself but also argues that he has unlimited power to investigate his enemies and end investigations into his friends.

Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) on Sunday warned President Donald Trump against pardoning himself. "Pardoning other people is one thing".

Bharara, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, told CNN that for a president to pardon himself would be "outrageous".

Trump can't obstruct justice, as "that would amount to him obstructing himself", Dowd and Sekulow argued.

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"The records and testimony we have, pursuant to the President's directive, already voluntarily provided to your office, allow you to delve into the conversations and actions that occurred in a significant and exhaustive manner, including but not limited to the testimony of the President's interlocutors themselves", the January 28, 2018, letter states.

Trump's team has asked for a briefing about the informant, but Giuliani said Sunday that the president would not order the Justice Department to comply because it would negatively affect public opinion.

Under the Constitution, a president can be impeached by the House of Representatives and then removed from office by the Senate.

The letter is "pretty extraordinary" in that it states an action that would otherwise be illegal isn't illegal when a president does it, former Manhattan federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah said. The President has never said he would pardon himself.

The talk of self-pardoning has raised eyebrows amid the roiling debate over the Russian Federation meddling inquiry and the president's cooperation - or lack of it. The Trump-dictated statement falsely claimed the meeting was primarily about the adoption of Russian children by American families ― the same topic that Trump claimed had been the substance of a conversation he had had with Russian leader Vladimir Putin the previous evening in Germany.

Giuliani told HuffPost in an interview that Trump's presidential power extends so far that "in no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted". Sanders on Sunday referred questions about the matter to Trump's outside legal team. A spokesman for Mr. Mueller declined to comment. "Should have told me!" "I think people would erupt".

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