Speaker Paul Ryan: President Donald Trump shouldn’t pardon himself

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"President Trump is not going to do that". In it, the attorneys argued that the president has the power to terminate an investigation "at any time and for any reason" and could "even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired".

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy also denied that Trump had plans to pardon himself and said he would reject the idea of him doing so.

"So there it is: the president can commit any crime he wants", Colbert said.

"Listen, there's no way that'll happen", Christie told ABC.

It's not clear what the full context of the statement was, because it refers, among other things, to a January 8 conversation between Trump's lawyers and the Mueller team.

Trump also tweeted another attack on Mueller's authority, writing that "the appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

Sanders previously claimed that President Donald Trump did not personally dictate a statement regarding a controversial meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Kremlin-linked lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016.

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Asked whether Mr Trump has the power to give himself a pardon, Mr Giuliani said: "He probably does".

"But look, if they can convince us that it will be brief, it would be to the point, there were five or six points they have to clarify, and with that, we can get this long nightmare for the American public over".

His willingness to ignore Justice Department guidelines on issuing pardons has some Democrats anxious he'll use it to help allies caught up in the investigation into Russian campaign meddling in 2016.

Giuliani said he wants to see documents related to an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant and an unredacted copy of a memo outlining the full scope of the special counsel's mandate, the former NY mayor said in a telephone interview from Israel.

The FBI began a counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 to determine whether Trump campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the election. As November's midterm elections approach, Trump has accused Mueller of prolonging the investigation to hurt Republicans at the polls. No court has ruled on the issue, and the Justice Department opinion from 1974 said the president can not pardon himself. "I'm very, very disappointed in Comey", Giuliani said. "It's like sneezing and then saying bless you to yourself", he added.

While both claims lack strong legal foundation, according to most experts, they signalled that the president is doubling down against Mueller's probe into campaign collusion with Russian Federation and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice. "Our recollection keeps changing" and sometimes needs to be corrected.

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