Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Fox News host Harris Faulkner claimed that President Donald Trump has the power to pardon himself.
Biggs and Faulkner were chatting about a tweet by Trump earlier in the morning in which he boasted about the power to pardon himself:
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? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
However, Mary Lawton, the Acting Assistant Attorney General in 1974 said just the opposite in regards to President Richard Nixon: “Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself.”
Faulkner ignored that ruling by the Department of U.S. Justice and pushed for a Trump self-pardon:
Everything from what I’ve read and legal experts I’ve talked with have said, “well yes, the president could do that.”
Biggs said a self-pardon is “premature,” because “you have to have a crime before you pardon yourself,” which is not true because President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon who had not been charged.
Biggs went on to agree that Trump could pardon himself:
If you look at it, there is no constitutional constraint on the power to pardon of the president. And so I think there is a constitutional authority for the president to pardon himself.
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