Trump shouldn't pardon himself: Paul Ryan

Trump and his administration have been under fire since the president tweeted earlier this week that he has "the absolute right to pardon" himself but won't because he has "done nothing wrong". "Whether or not there is a minor legal argument that some law professor somewhere in a legal journal can make that the President can pardon, that's not what the framers could have intended".

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that the question of whether Trump has legal authority to pardon himself in the special counsel probe is "an academic discussion", adding that he does not think Trump needs his advice on the issue.

A January memo from Trump's legal team to Mueller asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice. He added, "It would be an open question. You gotta change the dynamic and put the pressure on them", Giuliani said.

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.

"President Trump didn't take that. He's obviously not going to give up any of his pardon powers, or any future president's pardon powers, but under these circumstances he's not going to do that". Giuliani said last week that the special counsel probe may be an "entirely illegitimate investigation" and need to be curtailed because, in his estimation, it was based on inappropriately obtained information from an informant and Comey's memos.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller a year ago to head an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents in the 2016 election.

Trump has issued two unrelated pardons in recent days and discussed others, a move that has been interpreted as a possible signal to allies ensnared in the Russian Federation probe. "And you're not going to have useful negotiations unless he accepts that". "There's no wiggle room here", Bharara said.

Ryan also dismissed another of Trump's contentions - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department planted an informant in his 2016 presidential campaign. "And, once again, the President hasn't done anything wrong, and we feel very comfortable in that front", she said. "The time I talked to him about my pardon was only the second time I've spoken to him, ever". "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!"

He continued: "I think that what Rudy has done is a shame and a disgrace as a former USA attorney, and as a former justice official, he knows better, and it's an outright lie".

"Yes, I think it's outrageous", Flannery said.

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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.

Can a president pardon himself? I don't know why we're walking through hypotheticals here in this process.

But on pardons, he has been able to act unchecked, and has recently even floated the idea that he has authority to pardon himself, though suggested he will not do so.

Though past presidents have typically waited until the end of their term to pardon controversial figures, Trump has pardoned five people during his 17 months in office.

"I would not go that far", he said.

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