Comedians weigh in on Trump's self-pardoning claim

U.S. President Donald

U.S. President Donald

Building off comments lawyer Rudy Giuliani made over the weekend, President Donald Trump declared Monday he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a recent addition to the Trump legal team, told ABC's This Week that a president "probably does" have the power to pardon himself, even while he insisted that Trump had no intention of doing so.

He continued: "I think that what Rudy has done is a shame and a disgrace as a former USA attorney, and as a former justice official, he knows better, and it's an outright lie".

Addressing a business conference, Giuliani, now Trump's lawyer, also boasted that the president had brought North Korea's leader to his "hands and knees" after cancelling a high-profile summit.

The President made the assertion in a furious Twitter spree that criticised Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign over interference in the presidential election. He adds: "I have no idea how they got it wrong, but they got it wrong".

The former New York City mayor who has been defending the president in Mueller's Russian Federation probe alleged that the special counsel's team includes "13 highly partisan Democrats ..." A president has never before pardoned himself.

No president has ever pardoned himself, so its legality is a matter of legal debate.

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For many months after Mueller's appointment a year ago, Trump avoided directly challenging the special counsel.

"In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted", Giuliani said in an interview with the HuffPost on Sunday.

"I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate, but we have more digging to do", Ryan said on Wednesday.

The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mr Mueller from John Dowd, a Trump lawyer who has since resigned from the legal team.

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.

He said he was making a "hypothetical point". He is also looking into whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation. "They said the President had nothing to do with that statement by Donald Trump Jr., and didn't draft it, didn't sign off on it and it turns out that is completely untrue". "Drug prices coming down & Right to Try!" tweeted the United States president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged that "no one is above the law", including the president, but said the issue of a self-pardon is moot because "the president hasn't done anything wrong and wouldn't have any need for a pardon".

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