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Jeff Sessions reportedly discussed campaign issues with Russian ambassador

Jeff Sessions reportedly discussed campaign issues with Russian ambassador

The Washington Post reported that Trump is seeking to understand his pardon power- so now the question becomes what does that mean for him, his administration, and his top advisors in this ongoing investigation into Russian collusion?

Close advisers said the President and his team have discussed the extent of his power to pardon aides, family members, and even himself.

Mr. Trump said in one of his tweets on Saturday: "While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS".

The Post report comes on the heels of a The New York Times interview in which Trump expressed frustration with the attorney general.

Russia's ambassador to Washington was overheard by USA spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters with Trump adviser Jeff Sessions previous year, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing current and former us officials.

Several other regular targets for Mr Trump featured in his series of tweets.

Former CIA director John Brennan testifies before the House Intelligence Committee to take questions on "Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign" in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017.

As attorney-general, he recused himself in March from matters connected to an investigation by the FBI into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any connections to the Trump campaign following his admission he had talked to the Russian envoy.

Brian C. Kalt is a professor of law at Michigan State University and the author of a 2012 book entitled "Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies", told CNN that the presidential pardoning power is, in fact, very broad. "The president is thinking about pardoning nobody".




Mueller and congressional committees are investigating whether the president's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Citing unnamed sources familiar with White House deliberations, the newspaper said that Trump's lawyers have likewise discussed pardon issues and researched ways to discredit the Justice Department investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Republican members of Congress are also participating in various investigations of his campaign's interactions with Russian Federation during the election season.

Trump traveled on Saturday to Norfolk, Virginia, where he spoke at a commissioning ceremony for the aircraft carrier the USS Gerald R. Ford.

Meanwhile, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner has slammed any preemptive presidential pardons of those under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.

It is not clear what Mr Trump was referring to, but on Saturday a United States general complained on Fox News that a "good lead" on Baghdadi was leaked to a national newspaper in 2015.

Donald Trump Jr and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have reached a deal with the Senate Judiciary Committee to avoid facing a public testimony. His son Donald Trump Jr, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his Vice President Mike Pence have all recently secured lawyers, though none have been formally charged with a crime.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, the president also hit out at Republicans who are not supporting him, particularly those he claims to have "carried over the line on my back".

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