Chris Christie says 'no way' Trump will pardon himself: 'He'll get impeached'

Tasos Katopodis  Getty Images Rudy Giuliani speaks at the conference on Iran

Tasos Katopodis Getty Images Rudy Giuliani speaks at the conference on Iran

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that the president's constitutional powers probably include the ability to pardon himself.

In addition to suggesting Trump may pardon himself, he said the president is unlikely to even give Mueller the time of day.

On Sunday, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, - who has become Trump's most prolific public mouthpiece in the Russian Federation collusion investigation - told ABC News that Trump could "probably" issue himself a pardon for any crimes uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

That memo, first reported by the New York Times, also asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice. He was answering a question related to Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" probe.

Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in the guilty pleas of five people, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and the indictment of 14 other people and three companies. Mr Trump has previously said he might be willing to attend but his lawyers appear opposed, fearing it could lead to charges of perjury.

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. "If this goes to court, I guess we'll find out".

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"The President can not obstruct himself or subordinates acting on his behalf by simply exercising these inherent Constitutional powers", John Dowd and Jay Sekulow wrote in the letter. ABC News' chief legal analyst, Dan Abrams, added, "We all agree It's so unlikely that Mueller will seek to indict a sitting president, that that issue simply won't come up".

"In issues of intent, there's only one person on Earth that can conclusively speak to that issue, and that is the president himself", Turley said.

"Most likely, a Trump self-pardon would spark a battle between those who believe it's legal, simply because it's not specifically forbidden in the Constitution - and those who believe it's illegal, because it offends traditional legal sensibilities", she writes.

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

Trump's lawyers precede their arguments for why Trump should not be interviewed in regards to Comey's firing by pointing out that the president acted within the authority granted to him by the Constitution. As arguments against even asking him about the statements, they strike me as pretty silly. "Should have told me!"

Giuliani's odd hypothetical also sounds similar to Trump's own boasts from the campaign trail. Sessions recused himself because of his role within the Trump campaign.

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