Trump strikes again: Potential pardon yet another cop out

27 July, 2017, 18:32 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Asked about Trump's criticism of the special counsel, Collins responded: "I understand how hard and frustrating this investigation is for the president". "It would cause a cataclysm in Washington".

Scaramucci's revelation that he had spoken with the president about pardons didn't quite meld with the message from Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, who told ABC News's George Stephanopolous on Sunday that "pardons have not been discussed and pardons are not on the table".

"The president is thinking about pardoning nobody", freshly-minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said on Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "There's nothing to pardon from".

The Intelligence committees are leading the Congressional investigations into the Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election and the possible collusion by members of Trump's campaign.

"Mr. Trump is clearly frustrated that the Russian Federation collusion story is engulfing his own family", the Journal said.

The truth is that we don't know if the president can pardon himself, because no president has ever tried, and no court of law has ever ruled on the constitutionality of such an act.

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"It was a friend who asked Donald Trump Jr.to take the meeting, and he took it as a courtesy", said Lewandowski, and he thinks that looking back on it, Trump's son would agree that taking the meeting was not the right thing to do.

Priebus's presence in the entourage came a day after Trump named a new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, reportedly over Priebus's objections.

"He basically said to me, 'Hey you know, this is, maybe they did it, maybe they didn't do it, '" Scaramucci said.

Schiff said Kushner will be available to the committee for two hours, and said this would just be the first interview with him. They must make it clear to the president that going after Sessions as a way of muscling Mueller will have consequences.

"Forty-eight percent of voters say it would be inappropriate for President Trump to fire Robert Mueller", said Morning Consult Co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. Trump Jr. later released email exchanges concerning the meeting on Twitter, after learning that The New York Times was about to publish them.

Trump's recent trolling of Sessions followed previous presidential criticism of Rosenstein, the man left to supervise the Russian Federation investigation after Sessions' recusal over his own potential conflict of interest. Sessions, now the attorney general, at the time was a USA senator and foreign policy adviser to Trump. "There's nothing to pardon from", Sekulow said.

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If Trump fires Mueller, he will also have reached an all-time low from which he may not be able to recover.

The report set off a flurry of speculation about how far-reaching the president's pardoning power is. This is a test of character for Republican members of Congress.

Susan Collins urged President Donald Trump to refrain from commenting further on the ongoing Russian Federation probe being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Senator Susan Collins, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, made the comments in a Sunday interview with CBS' Face the Nation, in which she was asked about the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the US election.

"Mr. Trump's suggestion that his Attorney-General prosecute his defeated opponent is the kind of crude political retribution one expects in Erdogan's Turkey or Duterte's Philippines", the newspaper said.

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