The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mueller from John Dowd, a Trump lawyer who has since resigned from the legal team.
"If there are any limits on the power, it's got to be in the Constitution", said Samuel Morison, a former lawyer with Justice Department office that handles pardons. "So that's what I can tell you because that's what we know".
On NBC Sunday, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said there was no foul in firing Comey, because Trump has "very broad powers".
"The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"
Indeed, the President not only has unfettered statutory and Constitutional authority to terminate the FBI Director, he also has Constitutional authority to direct the Justice Department to open or close an investigation, and, of course, the power to pardon any person before, during, or after an investigation and/or conviction. I don't know how you can indict while he's in office. He is facing the continuing year-long probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into links between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation and whether he obstructed justice to thwart the investigation, with Trump often and vocally rejecting accusations of collusion with Moscow and obstruction.
Fox News' senior judicial analyst tore into President Donald Trump's legal team on Monday, declaring that the group of attorneys advising the president is "not serving him well".
"He's not [going to pardon himself], but he probably does [have the power]", Giuliani said.
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"You can't pardon yourself", Democratic U.S. Representative Ted Deutch said on Twitter.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, suggested Monday that the President should hire a new lawyer if his current one is telling him that he can pardon himself.
The thing is, the framers of the Massachusetts Constitution also borrowed from the origins of pardoning power, which date back to a 7th-century statutory provision defining the power of Anglo-Saxon kings of England, Davis says. Last week he pardoned Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative pundit convicted of campaign finance crimes, and past year he pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who campaigned for Trump before being convicted in a case regarding racial profiling.
"We couldn't have a better example than North Korea", said Giuliani. "Then why would he want to talk about pardoning himself?"
"Of course, the president of the United States is not above the law", Dowd and Sekulow wrote, "but just as obvious and equally as true is the fact that the president should not be subjected to strained readings and forced applications of clearly irrelevant statutes".
"He probably does", Giuliani said, when asked on ABC's "This Week" if Trump has the ability to pardon himself.
"What I was concerned most about, like most Americans, was there any collusion?" Sanders discussed, Trump's pardon powers, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and other topics.