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Trump Pardon Claim Ignores 1974 DOJ Opinion: “no one may be a judge in his own case”

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 . . . . .