Today President Trump trotted out this theory supposedly stated by “numerous legal scholars,” which appears to include his consigliere and lapdog Rudy Guliani.
This was a classic Washington trial balloon that was lead and was quickly shot down. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a Trump loyalist who has voted with the President 91.8% of the time, said: “if I were President of the United States and had a lawyer that said I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer.”
More persuasive than the Senator’s quip, is an actual Justice Department opinion memorandum on the subject:
Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, it would seem that the question should be answered in the negative.
Nixon resigned four days after this memo was written . . . . .