The President’s ability to pardon himself has been a hot topic since he tweeted Saturday he has “complete power to pardon”.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is in agreement, telling CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday he believes Trump has the authority to pardon himself.
“I think in all likelihood he does,” Paul said. “I think that some of this hasn’t been adjudicated.”
Trump’s tweet blamed leaks for the unwavering heat placed on the White House throughout the Russia investigation, but its mention of pardoning power was the main takeaway despite efforts by Trump’s legal advisers to convince the public he isn’t concerned with pardoning anyone right now.
“While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us,” Trump tweeted.
Trump legal adviser Jay Sekulow maintains the question of Trump’s ability to pardon himself has yet to be determined, and that his lawyers aren’t concerned with that right now.
“The issue of pardons is not on the table. There’s nothing to pardon from,” Sekulow said. “We’re not researching it, I haven’t researched it because it’s not an issue were concerned with or dealing with.”
However, the Washington Post reported Thursday Trump’s legal team is indeed looking into the President’s authority to grant pardons regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. The post report details that Trump has discussed pardoning his aides, his family members, and himself with legal advisers.
For now, Trump has left communications director Anthony Scaramucci to fend off speculation.
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Sekulow comments on Trump’s ability to pardon himself