President Trump created a firestorm of speculation on Saturday when he tweeted about his power to pardon. The newly appointed White House communications director had to defend the tweet this morning on CNN. According to Scaramucci, the president is thinking of pardoning nobody. You can watch the video clip by clicking here.
Scaramucci’s got some back up by Trump legal adviser Jay Sekulow. The lawyer appeared on ABC NEWS Sunday to say it has yet to be determined whether or not the president has full legal authority to pardon himself in the Russia investigation.
Responding to Trump’s tweet published Saturday that read “all agree the President has complete power to pardon,” Sekulow told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the president’s ability to pardon himself remains an open question.
“With regard to the issue of a president pardoning himself, there’s a big academic discussion going on right now,” Sekulow said. “From a constitutional, legal perspective you can’t dismiss it one way or the other.”
But much like newly hired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s confrontation with CNN reporter Jake Tapper, Sekulow stressed the president isn’t concerned with the prospect of pardoning anybody 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.”
He did concede that in the event the question actually came to a head it would most likely go before the Supreme Court.
See his full conversation below.
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