Ted Cruz Scolds Everyone Over Presidential Pardon Question

Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz attends a lunch with members of Congress hosted by US President Donald J. Trump (not pictured) in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 19 July 2017. ... Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz attends a lunch with members of Congress hosted by US President Donald J. Trump (not pictured) in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 19 July 2017. Credit: Michael Reynolds / Pool via CNP - NO WIRE SERVICE - Photo by: Michael Reynolds/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images MORE LESS
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June 5, 2018 8:34 a.m.

In a 17-tweet-long thread Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admonished everyone who is debating whether or not President Donald Trump can pardon himself and attacked media reports on his response to questions about Trump’s pardoning power.

Cruz protested a report that when asked whether Trump has the power to pardon himself, the senator was silent for a while before dodging the question altogether.

Read the rest of the thread here.

The audio of the media scrum, posted by a Weekly Standard reporter, reveals silence after the initial question if Trump can pardon himself, followed by Cruz eventually answering: “That is not a constitutional issue I’ve studied so I will withhold judgement at this point.”

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