President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer dealing with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation said Sunday it would be up to the Supreme Court to rule on whether presidents could pardon themselves.
Appearing on ABC’s "This Week," Jay Sekulow repeatedly insisted there had been no discussion of pardons among the president’s legal team. The Washington Post reported earlier this week Trump had discussed pardoning members of his family as Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia continued.
"We have not and continue to not have conversations with the president of the United States regarding pardons," Sekulow said.
"Pardons have not been discussed and pardons are not on the table."
On Saturday, Trump sent out a Twitter missive declaring the president has the "complete power to pardon." But Sekulow admitted it wasn’t clear if a president could pardon himself, and said he hadn’t researched the issue because there was no need for pardons.
"If put in place, [a presidential pardon] would probably have to be adjudicated by the Supreme Court to determine constitutionality," Sekulow said. "There’s academics that are arguing both sides of this. And as I said, we’re not researching it. I haven’t researched it because it’s not an issue we’re concerned with or dealing with."