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During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Donald Trump’s outside legal counsel Jay Sekulow was pressed on the president’s recent tweet about his pardoning powers. The president sent this tweet in the wake of reports that he was inquiring about his ability to pardon aides and potentially himself.
However, according to Sekulow, despite what the president tweeted and the report on POTUS asking about the subject, Trump’s legal team is not currently looking into the possibility of pardons.
“We’re not researching the issue because the issue of pardons is not on the table,” Sekulow told host George Stephanopoulos. “There’s nothing to pardon from.”
Sekulow also noted that there is a “big academic debate” on whether or not a president has the ability to pardon himself.
The lawyer wasn’t the only one who was grilled Sunday on Trump bringing up the issue of pardons. New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci defended the tweet to CNN’s Jake Tapper, stating that Trump is the “President of the United States” but that he isn’t thinking about pardoning anybody. At the same time, Scaramucci indicated that he had actually spoken with Sekulow and the president about the issue of pardons, seemingly contradicting what Sekulow stated.
Watch the clip above, via ABC News.
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