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DC Daily: Trump says he has 'absolute right' to pardon himself

Posted: 6:54 AM, Jun 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-04 13:58:53Z

Here's what's making headlines in the political world on June 4, 2018:

Trump says he has right to pardon himself
-- President Trump marked his 500th day in office by saying, among other things, that while he has not done anything wrong in relation to the special counsel’s Russia investigation, he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself.

Trump tweeted: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”

Trump later tweeted: “The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!”

The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told NBC over the weekend that Trump would likely have the authority to pardon himself but won’t have to resort to that action since he did nothing wrong.


Trump touts accomplishments to mark 500th day in office
-- President Trump recapped his accomplishments and progress made during his first 500 days in office.

On Monday, the president tweeted: “This is my 500th. Day in Office and we have accomplished a lot - many believe more than any President in his first 500 days. Massive Tax & Regulation Cuts, Military & Vets, Lower Crime & Illegal Immigration, Stronger Borders, Judgeships, Best Economy & Jobs EVER, and much more...”

Trump’s tweet comes days after the U.S. unemployment rate hit a low mark that has not been reached in nearly 20 years.

The president has implemented new tax cut measures, promised more military funding and is currently working on trade deals to help boost the improving economy.

However, Trump is still looking to obtain additional funding for construction of his promised border wall.