GOP Rep. Andy Biggs Claims Trump Can Pardon Himself

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:

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.

(Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter, Fox News via YouTube, Department of Justice)

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