'Extremely disturbing' if Trump considering Russian Federation pardons: Democrat

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 23, 2017

In a flurry of 10 tweets, Mr Trump commented about pardons, former presidential rival Hillary Clinton, his eldest son Donald Jr, health care, the USS Gerald Ford, the attorney general and other issues.

The Latest on the probe into allegations of Russian meddling in the US presidential election (all times local): 9:10 a.m.

In a typical early morning post Saturday, Trump insisted that the president "has the complete power to pardon", while implying that he has no need to use it because the "only crime so far is LEAKS against us" - which he characteristically labeled as "FAKE NEWS".

President Donald Trump fired up his Twitter on Saturday morning to claim his "complete power to pardon" following reports that he had been asking about being able to pardon his friends, family, and himself in connection to the Russian Federation probe.

Trump has long criticized leaks about the investigation and has urged authorities to prosecute leakers.

"We have not, and continue to not have conversations with the president of the United States regarding pardons", Sekulow told George Stephanopoulos. The White House has been buffeted by an intensifying series of investigations into Russian meddling in the USA election past year and possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Painter isn't the first to wonder if someone within the White House leaked the news about Sessions to give Trump a reason to fire the attorney general.

Adding to the political drama in Washington next week, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, albeit in a closed-door session, CNN reported, citing Kushner's lawyer.

Trump also has suggested on Twitter that Mueller and members of his legal team have conflicts of interest because of donations to Democratic political candidates - something Scaramucci, daughter Ivanka Trump and the president himself have done in the past.

Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort are discussing undergoing a private interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump Jr sent shockwaves through Washington when he confirmed the meeting by releasing a series of emails in which the now-president's son was told the campaign could get "very high level and sensitive information" that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

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