President Donald Trump said Monday morning that he has "the absolute right" to pardon himself — but added that he has "done nothing wrong."
The tweet followed The New York Times' publication of a confidential letter over the weekend, in which Trump's lawyers argued to special counsel Robert Mueller that the president's broad powers mean he could not have obstructed justice.
The 20-page letter also suggested that the president even wields the constitutional ability to exercise the pardon power in matters related to the special counsel's probe of the links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The assertion that a U.S. president holds an "absolute" power to pardon himself was endorsed on Sunday by Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and a current member of Trump's legal team.
In an ABC News interview, Giuliani said Trump "probably does" have the power to pardon himself, though "he has no intention" of doing so.
Trump exercised his power to pardon for a sixth time last week, saying in a tweet that conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution, "was treated very unfairly by our government!"