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Ryan: 'Obviously' Trump shouldn't pardon himself

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that “obviously” President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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 McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump says GOP will support pre-existing condition protections | McConnell defends ObamaCare lawsuit | Dems raise new questions for HHS on child separations Poll finds Dems prioritize health care, GOP picks lower taxes when it's time to vote The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan 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?"