Trump says he has 'absolute right' to pardon himself

Trump says he has 'absolute right' to pardon himself

He was also on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Trump. "It's an abuse of the pardon power for the president to self-pardon".

And as Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pointed out Monday, President Nixon resigned three days after that opinion was issued.

It was believed to be the first time Trump himself has asserted the power, although his lawyers have taken an expansive views of the president's prerogatives, including the right to pardon.

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

McConnell says Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator, remains popular with Republican senators and he hopes Sessions remains in office.

That assessment comes as ABC News is reporting that a draft report of the Justice Department's internal watchdog investigation describes Comey as "insubordinate" when he was FBI director, regarding his handling of the Hillary Clinton email case.

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Former US attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that it "would be outrageous" for a sitting president to pardon himself, which President Donald Trump's lawyers appear to argue in a letter sent to special counsel Robert Mueller. "He's innocent. He hasn't done anything wrong".

"They have revealed no evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong", he added.

He also dismissed the conversation surrounding the question of a potential presidential pardoning as "nothing more than an academic debate".

Lindsey Graham, the senator from SC who was one of the House managers during the impeachment proceedings against former president Bill Clinton, advised the president and other relevant people not to "obstruct justice", the report added.

He's also continued to blame Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the ongoing Russian Federation probe, tweeting this week that it's because of him that "so many lives" were "ruined".

The President also tweeted, saying he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself.

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Most experts say his claims of the right to self-pardon, and accusation that the Mueller investigation is unconstitutional, lack strong legal foundation.

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. But he continued to cast doubt on the special counsel's eventual findings, suggesting that Trump has already offered explanations for the matters being investigated and that the special counsel was biased against the president.

Trump has recently become intensely focused on his ability to grant pardons, asking his lawyers to compile a list of candidates.

The former chairman of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign is facing accusations of trying to tamper with witnesses in his ongoing criminal cases.

Trump later added that the "appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

In the filing, the government asks a federal judge to consider jailing Manafort while he awaits trial.

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Kelly has reviewed Johnson's background and her 1996 conviction - she was sentenced to life in prison on drug possession and money laundering charges - and is not convinced she deserves a pardon, an administration official said.

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