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

US President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Later, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Mr Giuliani said: "The president of the United States pardoning himself would just be unthinkable".

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani said to HuffPost.

But the president's powers are expansive, and many questions remain about how Trump's office could protect him from the special counsel investigation examining whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

President Trump's personal lawyer speaks out on "Hannity" about the Russian Federation investigation and the Trump team's strategy of speaking directly to the American people.

In addition to fighting a subpoena, Giuliani told ABC that Trump's legal strategy as detailed in a January letter to Mueller and published by the New York Times on Saturday still stands.

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. "If the president were to pardon himself, he'll get impeached".

If the President does not consent to an interview with the special counsel and Mueller does subpoena him, the interpretation by Trump's lawyers of broad executive powers would likely be tested in court if they made a decision to fight the subpoena. OLC is the Office of Legal Counsel, the elite legal analysis team for the attorney general and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and through the attorney general, to the president and every department of the USA government. "If he terminated an investigation of himself it could lead to all kinds of things".

It would amount, he added, to "almost self-executing impeachment".

If Trump does not consent to an interview, Mueller will have to decide whether to go forward with a historic grand jury subpoena.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media after meeting with North Korea's envoy Kim Yong Chol at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018. In other words, even if the president fired Comey (or Mueller) exclusively to protect himself from criminal liability, it's all perfectly legitimate.

The president expressed dismay that, when still a candidate, he wasn't told that authorities were probing Paul Manafort, who was hired as Trump's campaign chairman. Last week, Trump said that was not the reason, but offered no other explanation. Though he repeatedly claimed that the president has no interest in doing any of this, he put forth the idea that the president is above the law in every imaginable scenario - and once we're debating the legality of our king-like president committing murder, a little obstruction of justice doesn't seem like a big deal.

On the same show, Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the president "should not" pardon himself. "I don't think a president should pardon themselves". "Should have told me!"


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