Trump pardons Indian-American media person Dinesh D'Souza

Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

Trump’s team denies president plans to pardon himself

A lawyer for Donald Trump said Sunday that the president "probably" had the power to pardon himself from any charges stemming from the probe into Russian meddling, while adding that the chances were dimming of the president agreeing to an interview with the special counsel leading the inquiry.

On Mr Trump's ability to pardon himself, Mr Giuliani said: "The law of the United States is that the president of the United States has unlimited, unreviewable power to pardon people from federal crimes even before they are convicted".

Asked about a January memo from Trump's legal team to Mueller - which conceded, after multiple White House denials, that the president himself had dictated a misleading letter last July about a meeting involving his son Donald and a Russian lawyer - Giuliani said, "That is why you don't let the president testify". "And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".

"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?"

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

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US President Donald Trump has made a decision to pardon Dinesh D'Souza, a controversial conservative Indian-American media personality, who was convicted of making illegal contributions to a Republican Party candidate for Senate. "We were Republicans and Democrats appointed by a Republican U.S. Attorney during the Nixon administration".

A January memo from Trump's legal team to Mueller asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice. And that's why I say they're trying to frame him.

"The President fired the FBI director, the President has the right to fire the FBI director, the President should have fired the FBI director", Giuliani said.

The comments came as Giuliani, who has escalated his rhetoric against Mueller in recent days, spoke to the Globes capital market conference in Tel Aviv.

The pardon for Johnson could come as early as Tuesday, and the paperwork was being finalized Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

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"But obviously the answer is he shouldn't, and no one is above the law", said Ryan, a leading member of Trump's Republican Party.

Mr Mueller has requested an interview with the president to determine whether he had criminal intent to obstruct the investigation into his associates' possible links to Russia's election interference.

"That is no [questioning] under oath, only a Q&A, and then we get the questions in advance, and they write the report two weeks before", Giuliani said.

Giuliani used strong words like "hypocrisy" and "scoundrels" during his exclusive 700 Club interview with CBN Founder Pat Robertson.

He continued: "I think that what Rudy has done is a shame and a disgrace as a former US attorney, and as a former justice official, he knows better, and it's an outright lie". His team raised the possibility in March of subpoenaing the president, but it is not clear if it is still under active consideration. And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against President Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction.

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