This week, President Trump announced on Twitter that he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself. Since then, many Senate Republicans have been asked directly by reporters if they agree with President Trump’s claim—and they didn’t shy away from bashing Trump for entertaining the prospect of pardoning himself:
Sen. Susan Collins said “it would be a tremendous abuse of his authority if he were to do so, as well as remarkably unwise.”
Sen. Jerry Moran said the Constitution “doesn’t give carte blanche freedom to a president.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley said “if I were president and somebody, some lawyer told me that I could do that, I’d hire a new lawyer.”
Sen. Bob Corker said he couldn’t “imagine a president even bringing that up.”
Meanwhile, one voice who continues to be noticeably silent as the President openly considers pardoning himself of any federal crime: Dean Heller.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“As President Trump asserts that he has the absolute right to pardon himself, Nevadans deserve to know if Sen. Heller will once again be too spineless to stand up to him. While members of Heller’s own party are rejecting the President’s claim that he’s somehow above the rule of law and can pardon himself, Sen. Heller’s silence shows he’ll choose to fail his constituents to defend President Trump.”