President Trump asserted his “complete power to pardon” in a tweet Saturday morning after reports emerged this week that he was discussing his ability to pardon people in the ongoing investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia.
“While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS,” Trump tweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump’s lawyers are looking into the president’s authority to grant pardons in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has also reportedly talked to his advisers about his ability to pardon his aides, family members and even himself in the investigation, according to The Post.
One adviser who spoke to the newspaper said the president’s inquiries were merely made out of curiosity.
“This is not in the context of, …