CNN sources say Trump is considering dozens of new pardons

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For Trump, the presidential pardon holds a special resonance, representing one area where he has nearly unchecked power as other aspects of his presidency - especially special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election - remain outside his control.

On Mr Trump's ability to pardon himself, Mr Giuliani said: "The law of the United States is that the president of the United States has unlimited, unreviewable power to pardon people from federal crimes even before they are convicted".

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller's team is trying to frame President Donald Trump. "And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".

"I think (if) the President decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", Bharara, a CNN legal analyst, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

It's the latest salvo from Trump in his bid to discredit the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. A White House official this week said Trump is "obsessed" with pardons, describing them as the president's new "favorite thing" to talk about.

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He made it clear Trump's legal team would combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump took steps to shut down that investigation through actions, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey. "No matter what it is", Giuliani told HuffPost over the weekend.

The White House has started paperwork to pardon at least 30 people, according to two sources.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said he expects access to the information.

Giuliani has become a lightning rod during his tenure on Trump's team, drawing the president's ire for a series of scattershot interviews. Mueller has requested an interview with the president to determine whether he had criminal intent to obstruct the investigation into his associates' possible links to Russia's election interference.

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In an interview with Reuters on Sunday, Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani played down the possibility of a Trump self-pardon. "And that's what we call in America framing somebody", Giuliani said.

"It would have been helpful if we got this information earlier", he added. "It violates constitutional prohibitions on self-dealing, and if you use the pardon power to eviscerate checks on the presidency, that's also an abuse of the pardon power", Gillian Metzger, a constitutional-law scholar at Columbia University told the daily.

Asked whether Trump can legally pardon himself, Ryan told reporters at the US Capitol: "I don't know the technical answer to that question but obviously he shouldn't".

In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should the special counsel find he interfered in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election. While they would have normally served a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan initially gave Dwight Hammond three months and his son Steven a year and-a-day behind bars.

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