The new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said president Donald Trump will not have to pardon anyone in connection with the Russia investigation during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, the Hill reported.
The question was prompted by Trump's tweet on Saturday, where he said, "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."
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
"The president is thinking about pardoning nobody...The president is not going to have to pardon anybody because the Russia thing is a nonsensical thing," Scaramucci said.
According to a Washington Post report on Thursday, Trump's ability to grant pardons relating to the special counsel's investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election was being looked into by his lawyer's, but Scaramucci said the president's Tweet is proof he is not thinking about pardons for that investigation.
Scaramucci was also asked during the interview whether Trump would have the power to pardon himself. He did not know the answer to that, but said, "It doesn't matter anyway because that's another one of those stupid hypotheticals. He's not going to have to pardon himself because he's done absolutely nothing wrong."
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