Republican House Speaker says Donald Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Trump's team has attempted to discredit the investigation led by Robert Mueller and soften the impact of the special

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

In an apparent reference to the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, he said the "witch hunt" led by "13 very angry Democrats" was continuing. Trump tweeted on Monday morning. It outlined why the president didn't need to sit down for an interview and why the president "could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself".

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.

"It's an attempt to entrap the president", Biggs said on "Outnumbered Overtime" on Monday.

"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Giuliani told ABC.

"We had Repeal & Replace done (and the saving to our country of one trillion dollars) except for one person, but it is getting done anyway". Mueller has requested an interview with Trump to determine whether he had criminal intent to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

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Talk of a potential pardon comes after The New York Times published a 20-page letter to Mueller by Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and then-Trump lawyer John Dowd.

Ryan also dismissed another of Trump's contentions - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department planted an informant in his 2016 presidential campaign.

"It would have been helpful if we got this information earlier", he added.

His willingness to ignore Justice Department guidelines on issuing pardons has some Democrats anxious he'll use it to help allies caught up in the investigation into Russian campaign meddling in 2016.

"The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" He supported Trump in 2016 and was considered but passed over for positions in the administration. As November's midterm elections approach, Trump has accused Mueller of prolonging the investigation to hurt Republicans at the polls.

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They appear to have read Trump's tweet correctly. "Why not? He didn't give any numbers", Kudlow told reporters at the White House. Bush's administration and has been an occasional Trump adviser, also took exception, tweeting: "This certainly was a no-no.

No court has ruled on whether a president can pardon himself, though the Department of Justice wrote in a 1974 opinion, days before former President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace, that the president "cannot pardon himself".

The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Mr Trump pardoning himself. "I'm very, very disappointed in Comey", Giuliani said.

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Trump's legal team has long pushed the special counsel to narrow the scope of its interview.

McConnel has also stood by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been brutally targeted by Trump for allegedly allowing the investigation into the Russian Federation connection with the 2016 presidential election to continue. "Our recollection keeps changing" and sometimes needs to be corrected.

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If Trump does not consent to an interview, Mueller will have to decide whether to go forward with a historic grand jury subpoena.

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