On Monday, the President took to Twitter to announce that he has “the absolute right to pardon” himself. In the tweet, he added that he wouldn’t use that power, since he hasn’t’ done anything wrong.
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
Trump also called Robert Mueller’s investigation “unconstitutional.” Whether or not the President can actually pardon himself has yet to be tested.
In an article discussing the legality of the action, CNBC wrote:
While many experts disagree, some legal scholars who have criticized the president in the past say that he has the legal authority to pardon himself.
As the outlet aptly points out, when it became a looming possibility that President Nixon would pardon himself, a “top lawyer” in the department said it would not be allowed.
Four days before Nixon resigned, Assistant Attorney General Mary Lawton wrote:
Earlier this week, Rudy Giuliani said that while Trump could likely pardon himself, he “has no intention” of doing so.
It would be an open question. I think it would probably get answered by gosh, that’s what the Constitution says, and if you want to change it, change it. But yes.
Naturally, the President’s tweet became fodder for Twitter users:
As has been stated by many legal scholars, if the teacher has not arrived within five minutes of the start of class then legally you are allowed to go home, this is law
— joe (@mutablejoe) June 4, 2018
Me [covered in pig fat]: As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the right to lardon myself. But why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?
Officer: Then why won’t these handcuffs stay on your naked body, sir?
— Johnny McNulty (@JohnnyMcNulty) June 4, 2018
At least read the Cliff Notes for the Constitution, you are are wrong and wrong and still wrong
— beckjeffries (@beckjeffries) June 5, 2018
I HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARDON MYSELF pic.twitter.com/hT1kImp344
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) June 4, 2018
Trump: I can pardon or fire anyone I want but I’m afraid to fire Jeff Sessions. Knees quivering!
— Keith Keefer (@Onmemind) June 5, 2018
H/T: Mashable, CNBC