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Despite Trump's Claim, Legal Scholars Split Over Self-Pardon

Law360 (June 4, 2018, 11:13 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump's declaration Monday that legal scholars endorse his "absolute authority" to pardon himself touches on a divisive constitutional law question that has rarely in American history been posed, and never answered, and that could force the three branches of government into a long-avoided reckoning.

Days before President Richard Nixon resigned, a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo at the president's behest exploring the question, which is not directly addressed by the U.S. Constitution. That attorney, Mary C. Lawton, offered only...
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