Confidential Letters From Trump's Attorneys to Mueller Leaked to NY Times

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As President Trump's microphone-friendly attorney Rudy Giuliani said on NBC Sunday, "Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment".

In an interview with CNN Sunday, former US attorney Preet Bharara said Trump would be wise to cooperate and let the investigation play out.

Giuliani, appearing on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning, said Trump could pardon himself, though has no plans to do so. "I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that's what the constitution says", Giuliani told ABC's This Week program on Sunday.

The President's attorney said Trump would face impeachment rather than prosecution if he had shot former FBI Director James Comey in the Oval Office to end the Russian Federation probe instead of firing him, which Trump did last May. "Pardoning other people is one thing. If the president were to pardon himself, he'll get impeached". Giuliani also sought to downplay the Mueller probe, saying that "apart from a couple guilty pleas nobody's really been convicted yet".

The former New York City mayor is Trump's lead attorney in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Guiliani was speaking less than 24 hours after the publication of a secret 20 page memo sent from Mr Trump's legal team to the Mueller investigation.

Trump, who was spending a rainy Washington weekend at Camp David, also unleashed a new attack on the Justice Department, which he has repeatedly painted as corrupt and biased against him.

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"- I mean, it would - it could lead to impeachment it could lead to, I mean, if he terminated an investigation of himself it could lead to all sets of consequences."

"Congress is going to impeach somebody for lying to the press?" he said.

Giuliani, a former prosecutor, was not on Trump's legal team when the letter to Mueller was written.

Trump in recent days has contended that the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted a "spy" in his campaign, although there is no evidence that the investigative agency embedded anyone in the Trump operations ahead of the November 2016 vote. But it's already unclear what Trump would have to do for the Republican-controlled legislature to turn on him, and Giuliani is trying to wear away the political will to hold the president accountable for anything but the most heinous crimes. There is, in fact, a case for the president to issue a blanket #RussiaGate pardon, and the case is getting stronger, thanks to the irrational hatred of his opponents. The Constitution says the president can " grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment". I think under circumstances where there's no - at best there's ambiguity as to whether there was intent. Trump made a decision to let Mueller's probe go forward for the sake of transparency, the lawyers say.

"For me, it is hard to believe that any Supreme Court justice would endorse the right of a president to be lawless, in the sense of being entirely above the application of law", Frenkel said. This fact is coupled with a legal protection that makes the president not readily available to be interviewed unless the information can not be obtained by any other means.

"Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time ... but we should have been told that Comey and the boys were doing a number on him, and he wouldn't have been hired!" "Should have told me!"

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