Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

Giuliani threatens to go to court if Mueller subpoenas Trump

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is sensitive to pulling "another Comey" as the Russian Federation probe enters its final months, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said in an interview Sunday.

They say that Trump's lawyers are prepared to "provide. the answers" to the Special Counsel's questions, apparently instead of having Trump do so himself, in order to help "preserve the dignity of the Office of the President of the United States".

But Giuliani said the president and his legal team would not take those extreme steps - specifically, that Trump would not pardon himself - because "we can win it on the facts".

Mr Giuliani told ABC: "It's beginning to get resolved in favour of not doing it".

On Saturday night, the former NY mayor raised eyebrows when he threatened to sue special counsel Robert Mueller, should he attempt to subpoena the president for interview.

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A private letter from Trump's legal team to Mueller, written in January, asserted what amounts to an unlimited right to halt federal investigations and issue pardons, concluding that a president can not obstruct justice.

"I think (if) the president decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", Bharara told CNN Sunday.

Bharara, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, told CNN that for a president to pardon himself would be "outrageous". Todd asked him to clarify whether he was making the case "that [Trump] didn't obstruct or that a president can not obstruct justice".

Asked about the possibility that Trump could be impeached simply for lying to the press, even while not under oath, Giuliani laughed. "Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him".

"This is the president's decision ultimately", he said.

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The president on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to USA campaign finance law violations.

Trump's legal team has long pushed the special counsel to narrow the scope of its interview.

A special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, and whether Mr Trump obstructed justice. 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. "Other presidents have pardoned people in circumstances like this both in their administration and sometimes the next president, even of a different party will come along and pardon", he said.

But while in office, Giuliani insisted that the president's constitutional powers are too broad. "Should have told me!"

Jed Shugerman, a Fordham University Law School professor, said raising the idea of pardons could be read as a warning to Mueller that if he pushes to subpoena Trump, the president could escalate the fight by pardoning people under investigation.

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