President Trump: “I Have the Right to Pardon Myself”
President Trump made the claim in an early morning tweet.
Early Monday morning, President Donald Trump echoed earlier claims that he has the right to pardon himself. However, he suggested that he won’t use that power. In a later tweet he added that the special counsel investigation is “unconstitutional.
The tweets follow statements made by Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorney’s for the Russia investigation, on Sunday that the President “probably does” have the power to pardon himself. Giuliani also claimed the President would do no such thing.
“He has no intention of pardoning himself,” Giuliani said. “It would be an open question. I think it would probably get answered by gosh, that’s what the Constitution says, and if you want to change it, change it. But yes.”
The question comes as a result of whether or not President Trump had “corrupt intent” when he fired former FBI Director James Comey. If so, President Trump would be guilty of obstruction of justice. While it has been stated repeatedly that it appears Trump did not openly collude with Russia, it appears certain things might have been brought to his attention that he attempted to “sweep under the rug”.
Much like another former President.