Paul says president likely has authority to pardon himself

Paul says president likely has authority to pardon himself
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul's neighbor sentenced to 30 days in prison over assault Dems best GOP as Scalise returns for annual charity baseball game The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he thinks President Trump can pardon himself.

Paul was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" if he thinks the president has the authority to pardon himself.

"I think in all likelihood he does," Paul said.

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"I think that some of this hasn't been adjudicated."

His comments come after President Trump tweeted on Saturday about his "complete" authority to pardon.

"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," Trump tweeted.

The Washington Post reported last Thursday that Trump’s lawyers are looking into the president’s authority to grant pardons in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has also reportedly talked to his advisers about his ability to pardon his aides, family members and even himself in the investigation, according to the Post.