Republican Paul Ryan says Trump should not pardon himself

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – SAUL LOEB – | The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican Paul Ryan, said he does not believe Trump should be granted a pardon to himself

The president of the US House of Representatives, Republican Paul Ryan, should not pardon himself, stressing that no one in the United States is above the law.

Trump said Monday that he has the “absolute right” to grant a presidential pardon, as Robert Mueller’s investigation into an alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Moscow progresses, as well as a possible “obstruction of justice.” “on behalf of the president.

Questioned by a journalist on Wednesday about whether Trump has that power, Ryan replied that he does not know the “technical answer” to that question, “but obviously the answer is that he should not, nobody is above the law.”

Trump has chosen an aggressive stance on his presidential powers in the framework of this investigation, which he has called a “witch hunt”.

Many experts claim that this possibility on the part of the president to pardon lacks a firm legal basis.

A memorandum written by Trump’s legal team and sent to Mueller states that the president has full powers over the Department of Justice investigations, and therefore can not face charges of obstruction of justice.

And on Monday he wrote this tweet: “As it has been established by numerous legal specialists, I have the absolute right to grant myself FORGIVENESS, but why would I do that when I have not done anything wrong?”

Ryan’s was the latest comment from a Democratic or Republican leader warning the president not to interfere with Mueller’s investigation.

Ryan also rejected Trump’s claim that FBI investigators infiltrated an informant into his campaign team.

After reviewing classified information last week, Republican lawmaker Trey Gowdy had ruled out this assertion of Trump. “I have not seen any evidence to contradict what Gowdy has already made clear,” Ryan said.

Although so far Mueller and his team have submitted 22 specific allegations against people close to Trump during the campaign, they are not directly related to the alleged collusion with Russia. The investigation has not yet produced direct accusations against the president.

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