Trump: “I Have the Absolute Right to Pardon Myself”

Republicans Silent as Authoritarian Creep Continues

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The Washington Post: “Republican congressional leadership has repeatedly refused to stand up to President Trump.… Seeing no objection, Trump and his legal team now feel comfortable throwing around talk of self-pardon or making claims that he is beyond the reach of laws prohibiting obstruction of justice.

“To be sure, Democrats are speaking up…

“Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), pointed out, ‘The President’s legal arguments would render whole sections of the Constitution moot, and allow a president to engage in any form of criminality and obstruct an investigation into his own wrongdoing. Nobody is above the law. Not this President. Not any president.'”

However, we have yet to hear from prominent Republican leaders, even those claiming their fidelity to an originalist version of the Constitution.

 

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