President Trump on Friday responded to GOP Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans saying he cannot pardon himself by claiming again he has “an absolute right to pardon myself” for any crimes committed, 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.
Trump suggests he will pardon Muhammad Ali, who was convicted in 1967 for his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War, which Trump avoided with five draft deferments. Then Trump says he has an "absolute right to pardon myself." pic.twitter.com/LBVTmlMsTp
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 8, 2018
“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?” Trump tweeted on Monday. “In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!”
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? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
Trump told reporters that he may grant a posthumous pardon to heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, adding to the list of high-profile celebrity pardons the president is openly considering.
But Ali’s conviction for evading the draft during the Vietnam War was already overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Ali would also be covered by the blanket amnesty granted by President Carter in 1977.
Asked about potential pardons, Trump said, “I’m thinking about Muhammad Ali.”
“The pardons are a very positive things for a president,” Trump said. “The power to pardon is a beautiful thing.”
“We have 3,000 names” he said. “Many of those names have been treated unfairly.”