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Can the President Pardon Himself? Good Question

Federal precedent suggests a government official cannot sit in judgment of himself, but the issue is not legally settled

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    President Donald Trump's legal team is looking at potential conflicts of interest within Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team and potential pardons for relatives and White House staff. (Published Friday, July 21, 2017)

    The Constitution grants an absolute, unilateral pardon power to the president for federal offenses and courts have upheld pardons of people even before charges had been filed, NBC News reported.

    The Washington Post reported Thursday that President Donald Trump asked advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia. NBC has not confirmed the report.

    But could the president pardon himself? There isn't court precedent on the question, NBC News reported. The Department of Justice has in the past provided legal guidance stating that the president cannot be indicted in office, but can be indicted when he leaves office.

    Saturday morning Trump tweeted: "While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS"

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    President Donald Trump pitched a tax cut bill drafted by GOP lawmakers, claiming it will bring money back from offshore accounts while giving families a modest tax cut of $2,000. Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, are criticizing the bill for favoring the wealthy and large corporations. 

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017)