Trump doubles down, says he has 'absolute right to pardon myself'

Trump doubles down, says he has 'absolute right to pardon myself'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE on Friday doubled down on his claim that he can pardon himself for any potential crimes but insisted that he would not have to because he hasn't broken the law.

"I have an absolute right to pardon myself," Trump told reporters outside the White House before departing for the G-7 summit. 

Trump's comments marked the second time in a matter of days that he asserted his right to pardon himself in the event that he is charged with an offense.

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He made the same assertion in a tweet on Monday.

“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?” he tweeted.

“In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!” 

Trump's claim backs up an argument his lawyers made to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in a January letter, in which they asserted that the president could simply terminate the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election if he wanted.

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday pushed back on Trump's assertion that he could pardon himself, declaring that "no one is above the law."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week GOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) also commented, saying on Tuesday that Trump should not pardon himself, but also waved off such a scenario as unlikely.