Asked about the letter, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that the President is not going to pardon himself but "probably does" have the power to do it.
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says Trump's legal team and press secretary simply "got it wrong" when they said the president had nothing to do with drafting a statement for his son about a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election.
"As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?" he wrote on Twitter Monday.
The reports came soon after President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson.
He made it clear Trump's legal team would combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury.
Trump's defense team in January argued that the president could not have obstructed justice, since he has total authority over the Justice Department, and could even terminate the special counsel investigation if he wanted to.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that President Trump should not pardon himself.
Giuliani, Trump's lawyer in the Russian investigation, noted that he was sharing a personal opinion and was not part of the U.S. foreign policy team.
He said the president's legal team has not discussed that option, which many observers believe could plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis.
"He has no intention of pardoning himself", Giuliani told ABC's "This Week". "Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is tough".
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is said to have coordinated with West from within the White House.
The comments come after The New York Timespublished a 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller by Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and then-Trump lawyer John Dowd. He said he has informally made the request, but gotten no response.
He added that he is still leaning against recommending that Trump do an interview with Mueller, but "we want to keep an open mind" if the special counsel can keep it brief and to a narrow set of topics.
"We said, 'Well, we're not going to have a summit under those circumstances, '" Mr Giuliani said. "I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump".
Giuliani used strong words like "hypocrisy" and "scoundrels" during his exclusive 700 Club interview with CBN Founder Pat Robertson.
In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should the special counsel find he interfered in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.
The office recently informed 180 petitioners that they would not be granted clemency at this time, a White House official confirmed to CNN, but the administration has said it will continue to review pardons and make decisions on a rolling basis. President Bill Clinton was charged with obstruction in 1998 by the House of Representatives as part of his impeachment trial.
County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened. And on Sunday afternoon, 5.5-magnitude quake centered near Kilauea's summit rocked the Big Island.
Defender Dejan Lovren had the best chance to open in a header that grazed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson's right post after a corner. Roberto Firmino: "I'm very happy to play and score at home [ Anfield ], helping the team earn the victory".
The last-minute compromise appointment of Giovanni Tria as economy minister was aimed at calming European Union leaders' jitters. Mattarella rejected Conte's original choice for economy minister but a different candidate was agreed on Thursday.
Bruno Le Maire, France's finance and financial system minister, additionally known as the USA tariffs unjustified. The United States is the world's top cotton exporter and China's top overseas supplier.
Verdasco too failed to break his serve initially before regaining composure and winning four games in a row to take the set 6-2. US Open champion Sloane Stephens cruised past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-2 to book a last-eight spot for the first time.
I got mad a little bit about what happened in my back nine, but I decided I'd just make sure I'd do my best to every shot. Consistency in 2018 earned her $700,000 even before the $900,000 boost that comes with being crowned US Open champion.
He has made 156 appearances over five seasons with Shakhtar, the Ukrainian Premier League champions, scoring 14 goals . He recently appeared as an 82nd-minute substitute for his nation's 2-0 victory over Croatia last weekend at Anfield.
Russian Federation has hinted that "foreign forces" should withdraw from Syria , and Israel has interpreted that to include Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well, Netanyahu stressed that Iran needs to leave all of Syria", the official said.
The talk is usually about how bad the role players played and how James saved the day. "They're just trying to do good deeds". For a team to be on the verge of winning a championship they need to be nearly flawless when it comes to uncontested shots.
Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developer conference in San Jose, Calif., on June 4, 2018. Using the new Siri Shortcuts app, iPhone owners can build customized actions for Siri to perform upon hearing a given command.
Roseanne Barr has been widely criticised for a tweet she posted to Valeri Jarret, a former White House advisor for Barack Obama . Her show has become a weekly source of controversy in the current American zeitgeist and it looks like ABC had just had enough.
Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead in NBA Finals
Cleveland is expected to put Rodney Hood back into the rotation despite his postseason 15 percent shooting from downtown. Durant then buried a 3-pointer from 33 feet out with 49.8 seconds remaining to essentially ice the game.
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Katz went on to assert that Israel would never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, claiming Tehran only had "two options". Interested in Iran? Add Iran as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Iran news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
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For her part, Williams's answer befit one of the greatest athletes of all time: "I honestly don't have any thoughts about that". Sharapova is often billed as her rival-though Williams' dominance hasn't left much room for a real rivalry .
Lava from Hawaii volcano covers 8 square miles
Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to persistent earthquakes and eruptions of corrosive volcanic ash. In addition, at over four weeks , this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said .
OPEC Production Falls To 13-Month Low
The global benchmark, Brent crude, little changed in the previous session, was up 16 cents, at US$77.72 per barrel. Speculators in Brent crude cut their net long positions in the week by 49,638 contracts to 451,966.
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Coach Steve Kerr had said Thompson, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 1 on Thursday, would be evaluated after warmups. Rather than settle in his isolation possessions, Durant looked to make plays when he encountered resistance in the half court.
At least 7 dead as volcano erupts in Guatemala
Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers worked to recover bodies from the still-smoking lava. Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defense staffers tried to relocate them to shelters during the event.
Sanders statement on Trump tariffs
The EU said the imposition of the tariffs is "inconsistent with the US' obligations and rights set out in the WTO Agreement". He added: "We believe in a rules-based system, a multilateral system, President Trump doesn't and we must understand that".
Warriors shoot well, Cavs stay close in Game 2
This was something which James emphasised when talking to the media about the incident, as he said: "We've got to move on". The boxscore shows Curry finished with 33 points, including an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointer.
Michael Avenatti Causing Problems for Federal Probe
Avenatti is an active thorn in the side of the White House and had come to court to press for his inclusion in the proceedings. Avenatti denied that he did anything wrong. "Not even the same firm in the case", he said.