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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 PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Fauci on Tucker Carlson vaccine comments: 'Typical crazy conspiracy theory' 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.