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Trump Tweets He Has ‘the Absolute Right to PARDON’ Himself; He May Be Right

Legal experts who have weighed in say the president does have a right to pardon himself, but the political calculation is complicated.

By NTK Staff | 06.04.2018 @9:06am
Trump Tweets He Has ‘the Absolute Right to PARDON’ Himself; He May Be Right

President Trump kicked off the week with a tweetstorm from his personal account, which included one brash tweet about his pardoning power.

The subject came up over the weekend, when Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, argued Trump has the authority to pardon himself.

NPR reported:

Giuliani, speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, said Trump had “no intention” of a self-pardon and in a separate interview, on NBC’s Meet the Press, he said that any such move would be “unthinkable” and might lead to impeachment.

Giuliani, making the rounds on the Sunday morning news programs, told ABC’s This Week that the president “probably does” have the ability to pardon himself.

NPR noted, though, that Giuliani said “the political ramifications would be tough” for Trump.

Ironically, a legal expert who’s a Trump opponent said the same thing this week.

Former US attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that it “would be outrageous” for a sitting president to pardon himself, which President Donald Trump’s lawyers appear to argue in a letter sent to special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I think (if) the President decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that’s almost self-executing impeachment,” Bharara, a CNN legal analyst, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Whether or not there is a minor legal argument that some law professor somewhere in a legal journal can make that the President can pardon, that’s not what the framers could have intended. That’s not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for.”

Trump fired Bharara in 2017. The conclusion from a Trump ally (Giuliani) and a Trump opponent (Bharara), then, is that the president may have the legal ability to pardon himself, but doing so could cause a political firestorm that even Trump could not survive.

For more on the other part of Trump’s tweet – his broadside at “13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats” – see NTK’s write-up on that subject from last week.

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