Trump: 'I have the absolute right to pardon myself'

- Juni 04, 2018

President Donald Trump insisted Monday morning that he has “the absolute right” to pardon himself, a declaration that follows the publication of a letter from the president’s legal team making the same assertion, but added that he would have no need to because he has “done nothing wrong.”

“As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” the president wrote on Twitter. “In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”

The memo, details of which were published over the weekend by The New York Times, is months old and was sent by the president’s legal team to the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with investigating accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded in those efforts. Mueller is a registered Republican but Trump has nonetheless complained that his office is stacked with Democrats whose work amounts to a political “witch hunt.”

Among the subjects believed to be under investigation by Mueller’s team are allegations of obstruction of justice against the president, a charge that the letter from Trump’s legal team argues is invalid because the president, as head of the executive branch of government, has authority over all federal investigations. The Constitution, the letter reads, offers Trump the option to, “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.”


The letter was delivered to Mueller’s office in January and authored by Jay Sekulow, who remains a member of the president’s legal team, and John Dowd, who resigned from Trump’s team in March. Rudy Giuliani, who joined the president’s legal team this spring, said Sunday he believes Trump has the legal authority to pardon himself but the political ramifications “would be tough. Pardoning other people is one thing. Pardoning yourself is another.”

Giuliani told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump pardoning himself would be “unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment.”


 

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