Stephen Colbert mocks Trump for claim he could pardon himself

Stephen Colbert mocks Trump for claim he could pardon himself

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said in an interview Sunday that the president holds Constitutional powers to pardon himself in the Russian Federation investigation or to terminate that investigation.

"I would think the presidential power, there's nothing that limits the presidential power of pardon from a federal crime, not a state crime", he said.

And on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Monday night, the ABC host asked his viewers to "imagine how Donald Trump would have reacted if Obama said he had the right to pardon himself".

Addressing a business conference, Giuliani, now Trump's lawyer, also boasted that the president had brought North Korea's leader to his "hands and knees" after cancelling a high-profile summit. "I think it would probably get answered by gosh, that's what the Constitution says, and if you want to change it, change it".

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While the president has the power to do so, questions have lingered about his intent, and Comey has said Trump demanded a personal pledge of loyalty from him, which Comey declined to give.

It's the latest salvo from Trump in his bid to discredit the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Trump's statement about pardons on Twitter went further than Giuliani and raises the prospect that the President might try to test the limits of his pardon power if Mueller, tried to indict him for obstruction of justice in the case. Sanders repeatedly replied to these inquiries by saying the president wouldn't ever need to pardon himself because he "hasn't done anything wrong".

"This morning, the president tweeted that he "has the absolute right to pardon himself" and that "the appointment of the special counsel is totally unconstitutional".

"They are a group of 13 highly partisan Democrats that make up the Mueller team, excluding him - are trying very, very hard to frame him, to get him in trouble, when he hasn't done anything wrong", Giuliani said.

Speaking at a conference in Israel, Trump's recently appointed lawyer commented that the president is innocent but suggested he was being victimized by the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. "This would be completely constitutional, according to Trump's new Supreme Court Justice Donald Trump".

Trump first opened the door to what he said was his "complete power to pardon" last July in a series of tweets that appeared to be in response to a report that Trump and his legal team had examined presidential powers to pardon Trump aides, family members and possibly even himself.

Trump did not detail his grounds for claiming that the Mueller investigation is illegal. "If presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy", Schumer said.

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