• Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:32 am

Trump says he has 'absolute' power to pardon himself

  • Published at 08:03 pm June 4th, 2018
2018-05-30T195732Z_1313706342_RC13EBC28CF0_RTRMADP_3_USA-TRUMP
US President Donald Trump points as he speaks flanked by his daughter Ivanka and young participants at the White House Sports and Fitness Day event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, May 30, 2018 Reuters

On a Sunday, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had said  the president probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so

US President Donald Trump on Monday said he had committed no wrongdoing but had "absolute" legal power to pardon himself, echoing an argument put forth by his lawyers in a memo to the US special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

In the memo, reported by the New York Times on Saturday, Trump's lawyers argued the president could not have obstructed the investigation, given the powers granted to him by the US Constitution.

The 20-page letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in January came in response to repeated requests by the special counsel's office asking to interview Trump, according to the Times.

"As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?" Trump wrote in a Twitter post on Monday, reiterating his claim that the Russia investigation was a "witch hunt."

"The appointment of the Special Councel (sic) is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL," Trump said in another post.

Russia has denied US intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 US election to boost Donald Trump's prospects of becoming president. Trump has also said there was no collusion by his campaign.

On a Sunday, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had said in an interview on ABC's "This Week" program that the president probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so.

Several pardons already issued by Trump, including last week of a conservative pundit convicted of campaign finance crimes, also have raised questions about his use of the presidential pardon power and spurred some constitutional scholars, legal analysts and Democratic lawmakers to accused him of undermining the rule of law with pardons based on political considerations. 



72
Facebook 72
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail