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Donald Trump's lawyer has claimed the USA president "probably" has the power to pardon himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't".

So said Rudy Giuliani on Sunday when asked whether President Trump has the power to pardon himself, Reuters reports. "I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that's what the constitution says", Giuliani told ABC's This Week program on Sunday.

Mueller has told Trump's lawyers that investigators need to speak with the president to determine whether he sought to obstruct the probe.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, said he believed the president has the authority to pardon himself, and using pardons as a piece of an obstruction case might be problematic "because the nature of the act is to bar prosecutions or set aside convictions".

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That memo, first reported by the New York Times, also asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice.

"Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is another".

He appeared on ABC's This Week programme and was asked whether Mr Trump had the power to pardon himself.

He has requested an interview with the president over obstruction of justice. It begins with Trump's on-camera statement to Lester Holt that "when I chose to just do it" and fire Comey, "I said to myself. you know this Russian Federation thing with Trump is a made-up story". It's not the Mueller investigation, it's the fact that over the a year ago we have spent 67 million dollars paying for Donald Trump to go play golf. Could the president stop an investigation of himself, if not directly then by firing as many Justice Department officials as it takes until he finds one who will do it for him? The President has never said he would pardon himself. "A president can under extreme circumstances be indicted, but we're facing extreme circumstances".

What about the political ramifications?

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A special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, and whether Mr Trump obstructed justice. Sanders on Sunday referred questions about the matter to Trump's outside legal team.

It is unclear, too, whether and to what extent Mueller might be able to compel Trump to testify, if the president will not agree to a voluntary interview.

President Trump's personal lawyer speaks out on "Hannity" about the Russian Federation investigation and the Trump team's strategy of speaking directly to the American people.

Trump also complained about Mueller's indictment of Paul Manafort, for three months his campaign manager in mid-2016, who was charged with criminal offenses linked to his lobbying efforts for Ukraine that predated his involvement with the Trump operations. "That's not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for".

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