Ryan Says ‘Obviously’ Trump Shouldn’t Pardon Himself: ‘No One Is Above The Law’

on May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a weekly news conference May 17, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ryan held his weekly news conference to answer question... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 17: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a weekly news conference May 17, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ryan held his weekly news conference to answer questions from members of the media. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 6, 2018 10:47 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday warned President Donald Trump against pardoning himself, saying that it was obvious that Trump shouldn’t attempt to do so.

“Do you believe that the President has power to pardon himself?” a reporter asked Ryan at his weekly press conference.

“I don’t know the technical answer to that question, but I think, obviously, the answer is he shouldn’t, and no one is above the law,” Ryan responded.

The President declared in a tweet Monday that he has the “absolute right to PARDON myself.” But it’s a complicated legal point to make, to say the least, and Trump pardoning himself may only amplify calls for his impeachment.

Trump’s tweet came a day after his lawyer Rudy Giuliani argued that Trump “probably” had the legal ability to pardon himself, but that he had no intention of doing so.

And Giuliani’s claim came after the New York Times published a 20-page letter from Trump’s legal team, sent in January to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, arguing that the President could, “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.”

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