Washington - President Donald Trump, under pressure from special counsel Robert Muller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 US election, probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so, his attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday.
Asked whether Trump has the power to give himself a pardon, Giuliani said, "He's not, but he probably does." Giuliani added that Trump "has no intention of pardoning himself," but that the US Constitution, which gives a president the authority to issue pardons, "doesn't say he can't."
Speaking on ABC's "This Week" programme, Giuliani added, "It would be an open question. I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that's what the Constitution says."
Giuliani also said it is an "open question" whether Trump would sit for an interview with Mueller but that the president's lawyers were leaning against having him testify.
Mueller is investigating whether Russia meddled in the presidential election and whether Trump campaign's colluded with Moscow. Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russia investigation.