June 4, 2018 / 12:51 PM / 18 days ago

Trump says he has power to pardon himself but has done nothing wrong

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he had committed no wrongdoing but had the legal power to pardon himself, echoing the argument put forth by his lawyers in a memo to the U.S. special counsel investigating Russia that was made public in media reports over the weekend.

“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!,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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