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Can President Trump Pardon Himself?
Jun 5, 2018 at 01:59 PM

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Does President Trump have the legal authority to pardon himself? How would a potential court rule in such a case?

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  • On June 4th, President Trump tweeted, "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?..."
  • Back in January, President Trump's lawyers sent a letter to Special Counsel Mueller in which they argued that as head of the Justice Department, President Trump could, "if he wished, terminate the [Russia] inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired."
  • Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution states that the President "shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."
  • Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuiliani, has also been in the headlines. He said that President Trump has the power to self-pardon, but doing so would be "unthinkable."

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Does President Trump have the legal authority to pardon himself? How would a potential court rule in such a case?

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