Donald Trump kicked off his week by claiming that he has “the absolute right to PARDON” himself. He said that even though his own Justice Department would disagree. Four days before Richard Nixon resigned, his own Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel opined: “Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself.” Before claiming that “the appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!” (a federal judge disagrees with him) Trump tweeted that he has 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?” It tweeted. “In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”
Then, Trump questioned the constitutionality of appointing the special counsel.
The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
George Conway, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband who is a lawyer, weighed in on Twitter by retweeting a Politico reporter and noted that the Department of Justice is conservative and Republican-controlled and yet, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort can’t use that argument.
If this is true, you’d think Trump’s ex-campaign chairman would’ve made this argument since he’s facing a potential life sentence. But he hasn’t. https://t.co/oo4a11kZz2
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) June 4, 2018
And if this were true, you’d think this conservative Republican-controlled Department of Justice would revoke or decline to utilize the Special Counsel regulations. But it hasn’t. https://t.co/cAggK0XfdU
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 4, 2018
Mr. Conway has been critical of Trump quite a few times on Twitter. Late last month, Mr. Conway began deleting some of his tweets criticizing his wife’s boss. We’re sure he has spent more than one night on the couch.
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