The claims that President Trump has made about being able to pardon himself are highly likely to be wrong, argues Sonam Sheth of Business Insider. While his pardoning abilities are big, if he were to attempt to do this, the Supreme Court would intervene. It would almost certainly vote against him, as agreeing might signal that he is above the law. Legal precedent indicates that Trump isn’t able to pardon himself, as the assistant attorney general prevented Nixon from doing so in 1974. His argument was that no one should be able to be a judge in a case involving themselves. Trump’s claims are incorrect.
President Trump has the right to pardon himself, reports Jonathan Turley of USA Today. This has never been done before and there are no explicit rules forbidding it. Whether doing so would benefit Trump or protect him from Mueller’s Russia investigation is another matter. A pardon of his own actions would not make him immune from impeachment, for example. In fact, it could be used as proof against him. Trump could pardon all the people involved in the Russia investigation from any crimes they may have committed. However, him using his powers so liberally and to serve himself so clearly would land him in hot water.