President Trump Declares 'Complete Power' To Grant Pardons

51 min
at 9:00 AM
President Donald Trump reacts with Vice President Mike Pence (R) after Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor, in the Oval Office of the White House on March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The Washington Post reported last week that White House lawyers were researching President Trump’s pardoning authority in light of the investigation into his campaign’s connections with Russia. Administration officials have downplayed the story, but the issue was clearly on the president’s mind on Saturday. He tweeted that he had “complete power” to grant pardons. How far does the president’s pardoning authority go? Could he, for example, pardon himself? We’ll delve into those legal and political questions in this hour. We’ll also get the latest on the Russia sanctions deal working its way through Congress.

Guests:
Josh Meyer, senior investigative reporter, Politico
Brian Kalt, professor of law, Michigan State University
Jennifer Epstein, White House reporter, Bloomberg

Guests:

Sponsored