Wannabe tyrant Donald Trump tweets that he has “the absolute right to pardon myself” though he wouldn’t because he did nothing wrong. Um, no he cannot pardon himself, but I dare him to try….this is not what an innocent person would say.
Trump tweeted: “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 Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”
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
By the way, credible legal scholars have said he does not have the right to pardon himself because it is against everything this country stands for. He’s getting his talking points from Fox News.
Um, please Trump, pardon yourself, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and everyone else who Robert Mueller will indict in connection with the Russia investigation. You’ll be heading back to New York City or Florida quicker than you had planned because there will be repercussions…serious repercussions.
The tweet comes after his lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that he could shoot former FBI director James Comey and not be indicted. Imagine if Barack Obama’s lawyer had said that?
Can Trump really pardon himself? @NormEisen says the Constitution isn't clear on that, but it is clear the pardon power cannot be exercised corruptly https://t.co/7sNWv27Dos pic.twitter.com/gTzKpHb5JV
— Brookings (@BrookingsInst) June 4, 2018
Reaction on Twitter:
Imagine if President Hillary declared that she could pardon herself. Fox News would melt down. Jeanine Pirro would be running around with her hair on fire. Hannity would be shitting railroad spikes. Congressmen would be falling all over each other in a mad dash to hold hearings.
— Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) June 4, 2018
I’ve written for more than a year that #RussiaGate would culminate in constitutional crisis over the president’s pardon power. Contrary to what @realDonaldTrump or any “experts” have said, the Founders and the Supreme Court have been clear for 230 years, no one is above the law. https://t.co/aG5Te4vRrf
— Douglas A. Blackmon (@douglasblackmon) June 4, 2018
This is the part where the press needs to get every single congressional Republican—every last one—on the record about whether they believe the President can pardon himself (he can't) and what, precisely, they will do if he attempts it. https://t.co/IAu90j9LDt
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) June 4, 2018
.@realdonaldtrump, you can’t pardon yourself.
Let me remind you of something, we don’t live in a monarchy and you are not a king. https://t.co/z4HeKUaxsc
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) June 4, 2018
You know it’s bad when you wake up to hear that the crook in the White House is now saying he can pardon himself. Because you know, when you’re innocent, you do everything you can to fight against proving your innocence. 😂
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 4, 2018
Guy who totally didn't do anything wrong wants you to know that the unconstitutional special councel (sic) is conducting a witch hunt even though it's legally impossible for him to obstruct justice (which he didn't) and he could pardon himself anyway (but he won't). Ok.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) June 4, 2018
If Barack Obama had said he could pardon himself, Republicans would have bought up every sheet at J.C. Penny’s.https://t.co/iZ7bN7CwVB
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) June 4, 2018
This is it. This is the red fucking line.
The two pushes Trump made over the weekend – absolute power over the executive and absolute power of pardon – are authoritarianism and the end of US democracy. This is not hyperbole and everyone needs to be sounding the alarm bells.
— Denizcan S. (@MrFilmkritik) June 4, 2018
Even Richard Nixon's DOJ didn't think he could pardon himself., per 1974 guidance. (Though they did lay out a loophole: Invoke the 25th amendment, briefly give powers to VP, who issues the pardon, then POTUS returns. Paging Mike Pence?) https://t.co/oY0Mf6Vf0o
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) June 4, 2018
It seems important now to ask congressional Republicans if they believe the president can pardon himself and if they believe the special counsel’s appointment is unconstitutional.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 4, 2018
Additions to the Trump Wannabe Despot Checklist (which is already long and getting longer by the day):
✓Assert that rule of law does not apply to himself
✓Insist that he has the power to pardon himself
✓Call a lawfully appointed Special Counsel investigation “unconstitutional” https://t.co/smCXCxBjlb
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 4, 2018
I simultaneously think that the president is an idiot who probably committed an impeachable offense somewhere along the line and that his expansive and absolutist view of executive authority is correct.
— CA Conservative (@cacameronGOP) June 4, 2018
Donald Trump is explicitly stating that he is immune from being held accountable for criminal wrongdoing. The rule of law in America is being attacked from the White House. Every Republican must now be asked, on the record, what they will do if Trump pardons himself or witnesses. https://t.co/v4W2v4HDch
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 4, 2018
A president with the right to pardon himself is a dictator. Arguably, so is a president who merely *thinks* he has the right to pardon himself. https://t.co/8hqIt2XquS
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) June 4, 2018
The President of the United States really just said, "I have the absolute right to PARDON myself".
Our President is claiming that he's above the rule of law!
THIS IS NOT OK!
THIS IS NOT AMERICAN!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) June 4, 2018