President Donald Trump on Monday asserted he has the right to pardon himself, but tweeted, "why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?"
Further, Trump also asserted that the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller was "totally unconstitutional."
The original tweet was deleted and a new one issued to correct the initial spelling of "counsel."
Topping the list of legal scholars Trump cites were members of his own legal team, Jay Sekulow and John Dowd, who has since resigned. The New York Times over the weekend obtained a letter the pair wrote to special counsel in January asserting that the president could not obstruct an investigation he himself oversees and could "exercise his power to pardon."
The news set off a wildfire of analysis about whether Trump could constitutionally pardon himself. Though experts outside of Trump's legal team are split about whether he actually could, they all agree that doing so would lead to impeachment.
Even Rudy Giuliani on Sunday backed away from the Sekulow-Dowd assertion.
"Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment," Giuliani said. ''And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong."
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