This week, the President asserted that he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself, tweeting:
As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
To which Congressman Adam Schiff replied:
President Nixon asked the Department of Justice if he could pardon himself. They said no, as no one may be the judge in their own case. He resigned three days later.
In case you want to follow the Nixon model, that would be Thursday. https://t.co/5ntHaySTBJ
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 4, 2018
While many are familiar with the Republicans who turned against Nixon during the final stages of the Watergate saga, They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power uncovers for the first time those within the administration—including Nixon’s own appointees—who opposed the White House early on, quietly blocking the president’s attacks on the IRS, the Justice Department, and other sectors of the federal government.