President Donald Trump walks to the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 2, 2018.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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President Donald Trump once joked he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not lose voter support.Now, Trump says, he has the power to keep himself out of jail if he wanted, declaring an "absolute right to PARDON myself".The power is, as Trump says, "absolute" in that pardons can't be overturned by Congress or the courts.THE BIG EXCEPTIONThere is one notable exception to a president's pardoning powers Trump doesn't mention: cases of impeachment.The bottom line is that Trump retains his pardoning powers up until a possible impeachment.Likewise, Trump could try to undercut the Russia investigation by pardoning anyone charged by special counsel Robert Mueller.But such pardons could also trigger impeachment trials in Congress on the claim that Trump was trying to obstruct justice. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says it wouldn't happen anyway.
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