Washington Post: Can Trump pardon anyone? Himself? Can he fire Mueller? Your questions, answered.


On Thursday night, The Washington Post reported that the White House is actively exploring how to undercut the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any ways in which that meddling may have been conducted in concert with people working for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Among the things apparently being investigated by the administration are the boundaries of the president’s pardon power, including whether it extends to him.


A number of people, including Walter Shaub, the recently resigned head of the Office of Government Ethics, point to a 1974 memo from the White House Office of Legal Counsel offering the opposite view.


"In 1974, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) explained that Nixon could not pardon himself but never underestimate willingness of OLC, which issued torture memo + nepotized WH, to revise its views when WH finds rule of law annoying" -Walter Shaub (via Twitter)

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