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Lawyers say Trump can pardon himself in Russia's election meddling

The lawyers of the U.S. President stated that the Constitution empowers him to, “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon"
09:20, 3 June 2018

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The lawyers of the U.S. President Donald Trump in their letter to Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel, where they stated that the Head of the U.S. cannot illegally obstruct the investigation into Russia’s election in 2016, as The New York Times reports referring to the document.

According to the lawyers, “the Constitution empowers him (Trump, - ed.) to, “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon”.

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They added that if the President is questioned either voluntary or before a grand jury, he risks revealing himself to accusations of lying to the investigators.

“Mr. Trump’s broad interpretation of executive authority is novel and is likely to be tested if a court battle ensues over whether he could be ordered to answer questions. It is unclear how that fight, should the case reach that point, would play out. A spokesman for Mr. Mueller declined to comment,” the news agency reports.

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The lawyers stressed that they were reminded of their obligation to protect Donald Trump and his office.

“They argued that the president holds a special position in the government and is busy running the country, making it difficult for him to prepare and sit for an interview,” the message says.

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