Ryan: 'Obviously' Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems MORE (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that “obviously” President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE should not ever pardon himself and declared that “no one is above the law.”

Earlier this week, Trump tweeted that he had the “absolute right” to pardon himself if he’s indicted as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

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Asked at a news conference whether that would be a wise move for the president, Ryan replied: “I think obviously the answer is he shouldn’t and no one is above the law.”

A day earlier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell15 senators miss votes despite McConnell's criticism of absentees Overnight Health Care: Azar defends approach on drug rebates | Trump presses Senate to act quickly on opioid crisis | Kentucky governor's Medicaid lawsuit tossed Dem senator introduces proposal to rein in Trump on security clearances MORE (R-Ky.) told also reporters Trump shouldn’t pardon himself, while dismissing the likelihood that the legal question will ever come up.

“I don’t think the president needs any advice on pardoning himself. He obviously knows that’s not something he would or should do,” McConnell said.

Trump tweeted Monday that "numerous legal scholars" have said he has the right to pardon himself, "but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?"