The lawyers also made the broad claim that "every action that the president took [amid the Russian Federation investigation] was taken with full constitutional authority pursuant to Article II of the United States Constitution", and thus, "these actions can not constitute obstruction, whether viewed separately or even as a totality".
"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Giuliani told ABC's This Week.
"The true extent of presidential power has not been tested because most presidents have avoided going to the outer extent of that power", Harry Sandick, a former prosecutor with the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY and now a white-collar defense lawyer, said in a telephone interview. More radically, according to the Times, the memo argues that because he has the power to stop the investigation, President Trump can not be accused of obstructing the investigation through his actions while it is ongoing.
On the same show, Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the president "should not" pardon himself.
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In a 20-page letter submitted to the special counsel's office this year, Trump's attorneys asserted that "the President's actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself". -Preet Bhahara, former federal prosecutor " He has no intention of pardoning himself, but that doesn't say he can't". Todd asked him to clarify whether he was making the case "that [Trump] didn't obstruct or that a president can not obstruct justice".
While saying on Sunday that Trump wanted to sit down with Mueller, Giuliani added, "It's beginning to get resolved in favor of not doing it". "Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him".
With the notion of pardoning the pair, many interpreted as a signal to allies ensnared in the Russian Federation probe but also to raise the topic of how widely the president - any president - can use the executive office's pardoning power. But, Giuliani added: " I'm a lawyer ...
Giuliani was asked on ABC whether a president accused of a crime as serious as murder or bribery could terminate the investigation. 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. I mean, Trump's been telling us over, and over, and over again that this investigation is costing us way too much money.
It is dated 29 January and was sent to Mr Mueller by John Dowd, one of Mr Trump's lawyers who has since left the team. The White House denies that Trump said what Comey alleges. "Should have told me!"