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The Self-Pardoning President

Trump’s claim that he has the “absolute” right to pardon himself goes way beyond Nixon’s “I’m not a crook.”
Source: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Editor’s Note: This article is one of 50 in a series about Trump's first two years as president.

Andrew Johnson solemnly assured a campaign rally that he was not Judas Iscariot. Lyndon B. Johnson lifted his shirt to show reporters his gallbladder-surgery scar. Jimmy Carter told that he had lusted.

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