'No one is above the law,' advertisement says about Trump pardoning himself
(KUTV) -- President Donald Trump tweeted that he has an "absolute right" to pardon himself in the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian probe, but one group is hoping to sway public opinion on the matter.
Republicans for the Rule of Law is paying for an advertisement to appear Monday night before the Washington Capitals versus Las Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup game.
In a statement from the special interest group, the reason for the ad is as follows:
It is vitality important that Republicans speak clearly and unequivocally against such assertions.
The advertisement says boldly, "No one is above the law, not even the President."
Trump's lawyers disagree. According to the Associated Press, Trump's legal counsel advised in a memo to special counsel that it's impossible for Trump to have done anything wrong in the area of obstructing justice because, as the country's chief law enforcement officer, Trump himself has ultimate control of the Justice Department and executive branch.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders weighed in on the discussion saying it was 'purely academic' and told reporters at a briefing from the White House:
Thankfully, the president hasn’t done anything wrong and wouldn’t have any need for a pardon.
The dialogue about Trump pardoning himself stems from Mueller's investigation into whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
It includes a probe as to whether Trump took measures to stop or complicate the investigation by terminating FBI Director James Comey.