GOP rep: 'Terrible move' for Trump to pardon himself

GOP rep: 'Terrible move' for Trump to pardon himself
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Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDem introduces bill to create federal cybersecurity apprenticeship program Koch group launches digital ads in tight Texas House race Gingrich: Bushes view themselves as closer to Obamas, Clintons than to Trump MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday it would be a “terrible” political move for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE to pardon himself.

“I think that would be a terrible move. I think people would erupt. I think even thinking about trying to fire Mueller is a bad move politically,” Hurd told CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” referring to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.


“So I hope we don’t have to get to that point. And it’s hard to predict what would happen, but that would create outrage on both sides of the political aisle.”

The comments from Hurd, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, come after Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the president “probably” has the power to pardon himself, but doing so would be politically difficult.

“I think the political ramifications of that would be tough,” Giuliani told ABC’s “This Week.”

"Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is another."

Hurd in his Sunday show interview also suggested Trump should testify in the special counsel’s Russia probe if he is not trying to cover up any actions. 

“If you don’t have anything to hide, why wouldn’t you testify?” Hurd asked on CBS. “Because I think that would help close this investigation quicker.”