Trump can probably pardon himself, Giuliani says

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told "Fox News Sunday" that President Trump's legal team will "take it to court" if Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenas him as part of the Russian Federation probe.

Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani if the president has the power to pardon himself, the former mayor of New York City responded that he "probably does". Giuliani said. "That's another really interesting Constitutional argument...can the president pardon himself?" he mused.

Trump's team not only argues that he can pardon himself but also argues that he has unlimited power to investigate his enemies and end investigations into his friends.

"I would not go that far", he said.

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"I don't know if he is trying to send a message, but they are clearly getting a message", Bharara said on CNN's "State of the Union." Many hit out at the idea of the president abusing the pardon power, while others raged at the perceived double standard employed by his personal attorney.

"The president clearly respects the rule of law in this country", he said.

Giuliani, who in January was not yet on the Trump legal team, was asked on ABC whether a president accused of a crime as serious as murder or bribery could terminate the investigation.

Part of Mr Mueller's investigation is looking at whether Mr Trump sought to criminally obstruct it, in particular with the sacking of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, and with his reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the investigation. His lawyers at the time began discussing his pardoning powers as well.

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"Doesn't say he can't", Trump's lawyer said, calling attention to the U.S. Constitution.

The president on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to US campaign finance law violations.

Giuliani 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.

That memo pre-dated Giuliani's time working for Trump, but he argued that the team made "excellent" points in the document, though bemoaned the fact that it had gotten leaked to the press.

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