U.S. President Donald Trump said he had committed no wrongdoing but has the "absolute" power to pardon himself, echoing sweeping arguments put forth by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday. The remarks come as U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible illegal obstruction of that probe by the president has entered its second year. Giuliani told Reuters on Sunday the president cannot be indicted or subpoenaed and has the power to pardon himself, leaving impeachment by the U.S. Congress likely the remedy for presidential misconduct. "The constitution gave the president the right to pardon himself," Giuliani said, adding that Trump would not need to because "he didn't do anything wrong."
Guy Benson & Marie Harf sat down with FNC Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano to talk about this raging controversy.
On the Pardon Issue (politically): The political ramifications would be catastrophic for him it would probably lose all the moderates and some conservatives and lead to a rapid impeachment.(1:07)
On the Pardon issue (Legally): When the President pardons himself he is setting himself up as prosecutor and judge of his own case and that is so profoundly contrary to the rule of law that we could argue the framers never intended it. (2:45)
On Why Giuliani brought this up: in Fairness to Mayor Giuliani it was raised by Chuck Todd and he raised it properly and appropriately. If I had been Mayor Giuliani I would have said I am not going there, but he chose to answer it. (3:20)