A President Can’t Obstruct Justice? That’s Not Quite Right, Legal Scholars Say.


Jed Shugerman was quoted in a Washington Post article about President Trump’s claim that he has the power to self-pardon.

Jed Shugerman, a Fordham University Law School professor, said raising the idea of pardons could be read as a warning to Mueller that if he pushes to subpoena Trump, the president could escalate the fight by pardoning people under investigation.


“There is a real practical consequence for the republic if Trump is able to win the silence of other defendants with the use of these pardons,” Shugerman said. “If he’s making an implicit threat that he could escalate this with pardons, there’s nothing in the letter to indicate that he’s not willing to pardon himself.”

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