Trump Says He Has The Right To Pardon Himself


I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it. Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that he had the Russian Federation investigation in his mind when he made the decision to fire Comey, though he has recently switched his story, denying his own televised worlds to claim that he did not fire Comey due to the Russian Federation investigation.

You may watch Rudy Giuliani's full interview with NBC News' Meet the Press and Chuck Todd in the video player above.

"The president's prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview", they wrote.

Giuliani said he believes Mueller will wrap up the probe before September 1 given his sensitivity to "not doing another Comey and interfering horribly in the election". The Justice Department has twice opined that a sitting president can not be indicted, and Giuliani has said Mueller's team conveyed to the president's lawyers they will honor that guidance.

Additionally, the legal team presented a list of eight reasons for why the president does not have to be interviewed in regards to the matter.

Chuck Todd asked Giuliani for his specific opinion. "Our recollection keeps changing, or we're not even asked a question and somebody makes an assumption". Giuliani added that a subpoena of Trump is "unnecessary" because Mueller's team has everything they need already.

"That's part of the structure of the Constitution". And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against President Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction. Only once before has he directly referenced his own presidential powers.

More than a year ago, Trump fired Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, a move special counsel Robert Mueller is probing as potential obstruction of justice.

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Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, said Trump's legal team might allow an interview if it is "brief, to the point", but are "leaning to not".

He echoed the argument his lawyers made in a January memo to the U.S. special counsel leading the investigation.

Although White House officials have called for the probe to wrap up soon, Trump's new budget projects that the special counsel will continue to be in business in fiscal-year 2019.

"This memo is a polite way of taking 20 pages to say, 'He's not coming in without a subpoena, and even then, you're in for a protracted fight, '" Frenkel said.

The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment.

The "Justice Department is given a tremendous amount of independence. That's not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for". "Should have told me!"

Mueller took over an existing FBI counterintelligence investigation previous year.

The former New York City mayor is Trump's lead attorney in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. The FBI has not said it told the campaign about the investigation, though the bureau did provide a routine briefing for the campaign about foreign counterintelligence threats.