Trump lawyer Giuliani says president can probably pardon himself

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Mr Giuliani, the head of Mr Trump's legal team, said he "probably does", but added: "He has no intention of pardoning himself".

Some law experts say President Donald Trump probably could pardon himself from the Russian Federation probe if he wanted to, as lawyer Rudy Giuliani touted Sunday morning on various political shows, while other scholars called it doubtful. "Doesn't say he can't", Giuliani told ABC host George Stephanopoulos Sunday on "This Week".

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The former FBI Director, Mueller, is now carrying investigations into the alleged interference of Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential elections. "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?" It sounds like a lot of money, until one puts things in perspective by acknowledging that the federal government is expected to spend $4.1 trillion in the 2018 fiscal year.

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

He has requested an interview with the president over obstruction of justice.

Well, you know what's really costing us a lot of money if we want to go through the budget and get rid of expensive things?

While saying on Sunday that Trump wanted to sit down with Mueller, Giuliani added, "It's beginning to get resolved in favor of not doing it".

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But were he to do it, the likely impeachment process would be led by the House of Representatives - and he would then be removed from office by the Senate.

He also said the President's legal team planned to challenge any potential subpoena from the special counsel's office as harassment or as unnecessary because the White House has turned over more than a million documents and several witnesses.

There is an argument for self-pardoning from a president. "I think even thinking about trying to fire [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller is a bad move politically". The Justice Department has twice opined that a sitting president can not be indicted, and Giuliani has said Mueller's team conveyed to the president's lawyers they will honor that guidance. Sanders on Sunday referred questions about the matter to Trump's outside legal team.

Both Russia and Mr Trump deny collusion, and the President has denied obstructing the probe.

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Trump also complained about Mueller's indictment of Paul Manafort, for three months his campaign manager in mid-2016, who was charged with criminal offenses linked to his lobbying efforts for Ukraine that predated his involvement with the Trump operations. "I think [if] the president decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", Bharara told CNN's 'State of the Union'.

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