Donald Trump, on Twitter: "I have the absolute right to PARDON myself"

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US President Donald Trump said on June 4 that he has "absolute right to pardon" himself as he slammed the opposition Democratic party for a witch-hunt against him alleging that the appointment of a special counsel is unconstitutional.

The judge said the lawyers cited the wrong statute and they interpreted the wrong opinion when attempting to defend the president against allegations of obstruction of justice. "He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't".

Trump's comments echo the stance that his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has taken.

Giuliani on Sunday told Reuters that "when you're interfering with the president, you're interfering with the country" and suggested the Mueller investigation already was affecting the president's important work, including a planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It's not going to happen".

"But look, if they can convince us that it will be brief, it would be to the point, there were five or six points they have to clarify, and with that, we can get this - this long nightmare for the - for the American public over", Giuliani told ABC.

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani said.

"The reason it won't is because then it becomes a political problem".

President Andrew Johnson, for example, granted blanket pardons to soldiers who fought in the Confederate Army as a practical way of reuniting the nation following the Civil War.

The reality, however, is more nebulous.

The US president is being investigated to establish whether there was collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election.

"I think that the letter was a disgrace and harmful", Napolitano said. Overall, 19 people have been charged in the investigation, including Trump's former campaign chair and national security adviser. "But I think, if there is no collusion, it's time to wind this down".

- SEPTEMBER 7, 2017: In a closed-door interview with Senate Judiciary Committee staff, Trump Jr. was asked by investigators whether his father was involved in drafting the statement. The letter states the president "could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired". "But the position laid out is not as strong as claimed".

"No president has stated it so boldly as this letter states it", Sandick said in a telephone interview.

Sanders says, "Thankfully the president hasn't done anything wrong and therefore wouldn't need one".

Trump's lawyers appear determined to limit the scope of questions if the president does agree to testify. "It would be an open question". The agreement headed off a potential challenge to the subpoena on constitutional grounds.

Though Mueller has raised the prospect of subpoenaing Trump if he rejects a voluntary interview, it's not clear he'll actually do so.

Now in his 17th month in the White House, Trump remains a divisive figure in the US, with a composite of national polls showing voters disapprove of his performance by a 52.8 to 44.4 percent margin.

Earlier Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself for any crimes he might have committed. The justices would have to closely examine the history of the pardoning power to determine what the Constitutional framers intended when they drafted it. There's no precedent for it and thus no case law. A president has never before pardoned himself.

The past several days have also spurred arguments about the scope of the president's pardon power.

Article II of the Constitution states that the president "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment".

"The Constitution is clearly prohibiting the president from engaging in self-dealing", Leib said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders is responding to questions about the president's assessment of his own powers, telling reporters, "Certainly no one is above the law".

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