Trump just made an outrageous claim about his pardoning powers in morning Twitter tantrum

- 09.23

The president of the United States took to Twitter on Monday morning to loudly declare that he “absolutely” had the right to pardon himself before going on to repeatedly assert his innocence in the Special Counsel’s investigation and besmirched the whole thing as a partisan witch-hunt.

In a later misspelled tweet, Trump went on to declare that the Special “Councel’s” [sic] investigation into his campaign was “unconstitutional” before deleting it and repeating the same message in a new tweet.

Every increasingly desperate declaration of innocence from the President only serves to accentuate the perception that he is extremely guilty and likely facing serious consequences for him and his campaign’s actions to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

The string of recent pardons for prominent celebrity criminals including Dinesh D’Souza, Martha Stewart and Rod Blagoveich on top of the letter from the president’s lawyers leaked by the New York Times this weekend that reveals the president and his associates are setting the stage for a full-on constitutional crisis, as the president absolutely cannot pardon himself as per a 1974 Department of Justice legal counsel which decreed that “under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself.”

For him to do so would not only be a tacit admission of guilt but likely also the immediate beginning of impeachment proceedings. Whether or not Republicans would enable the dissolution of our democracy by refusing to impeach for partisan reasons is another question entirely, but it’s clear that the President’s authoritarian streak is in full swing – and knowing Trump, there’s no line he won’t cross to save his own skin.

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