Trump: ‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself’

5 June 2018

Trump: ‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself’

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Monday (local time) that he has an “absolute right” to pardon himself from any federal crimes, but that he will not need to because he has not done anything wrong.

Mr Trump wrote:

The President later tweeted that Robert Mueller’s appointment to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election was “totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”

He wrote:

Mr Trump’s tweets come after his attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said in an interview on Sunday (local time) that the President could “probably” pardon himself.

When asked if Mr Trump could pardon himself, Mr Giuliani said, “He probably does. He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably — not to say he can’t.”

However, there is much contention regarding the issue as scholars make the case for both sides.

Speaking to the Washington Post, constitutional law professor at George Washington University Law School, Jonathan Turley, said there is no precendent and consequentially, no case law.

Professor Turley did say, however, he believes a president can pardon themself but that “a president cannot pardon out of an impeachment”.

At a media conference following the tweets, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was repeatedly asked by NBC’s Peter Alexander whether President Trump was above the law.

Ms Sanders provided vague answers but on the third time she was asked, said, “Certainly no one is above the law.”