Can the President pardon himself?

Posted on2017-07-22

some relevant quotes

Given President Trump's recent claim that he has the "...complete power to pardon" as discussed in this New York Times article, here are some relevant quotes:

"...the view that the president has the power to pardon himself contradicts a central tenet of American democracy: "No man is above the law." In a democracy based on the rule of law, no one may engage in criminal conduct with impunity, including the president of the United States. - Jimmy Gurulé, law professor, University of Notre Dame

“Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself,” Assistant Attorney General Mary Lawton wrote, just days before Nixon’s resignation in August 1974.