Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday, June 4, that he has an "absolute right" to pardon himself but said that he had little reason do so because he didn't commit any crime. He then again decried special counsel Robert Mueller's probe as a "never ending Witch Hunt".
"The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" "We were Republicans and Democrats appointed by a Republican U.S. Attorney during the Nixon administration".
The president's legal team has made clear that it will combat any effort to force the president to give evidence in front of a grand jury.
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. Trump has issued a series of ever-sharper tweets attacking the Mueller probe as politically motivated and insisting there was "no collusion" between his campaign team and Russian Federation.
Though the White House has said the president is considering a long list of pardons, many of them provided to him by the Department of Justice, an undercurrent of celebrity runs through many of his recent choices and considerations. "When he says the President is not contemplating something, I have no faith in that whatsoever", he said.
Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press": "Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment". "Pardoning other people is one thing".
"But obviously the answer is he shouldn't, and no one is above the law", said Ryan, a leading member of Trump's Republican Party.
The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mueller from John Dowd, a Trump lawyer who has since resigned from the legal team. He said the informant was used to investigate Russia's role in the election.
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Giuliani argued Sunday on ABC News This Week that "a high bar" would have to be met by Mueller in order for an interview to happen.
"I think the political ramifications of that would be tough". "I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".
In addition to the legal battles, Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings.
Giuliani said during an appearance on CNN that "it was a mistake" and rejected the idea that it was a lie.
Ryan also rejected Trump's claim that FBI investigators illegally placed an informant inside his campaign. An attorney for President Donald Trump is playing down the possibility that Trump would try to - if it came to that. "He's got to have the discipline to put a stop to it, or we're going to have to do everything we can, including some things that I don't think we'd want to talk about right now, to try to, to try to appeal to have it stopped", he said.
"It seems like it would be a completely wrong assumption".
President Donald Trump is calling the special counsel Russian Federation probe "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" "Our recollection keeps changing, or we're not even asked a question and somebody makes an assumption". And they're going around starting all these new investigations.