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
With the above tweet, President Trump made the claim that, as the chief executive, he has the ability to legally pardon himself of a crime. His lawyers have made similar statements about the powers his position holds in relation to obstruction charges. We sat down with Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, to discuss the legal ins-and-outs of these claims.
Could you provide some historical context for the introduction of the presidential pardon?
Technically speaking, is it legal for President Trump to pardon himself?