Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won’t say whether a president can pardon himself but says she agrees no one is above the law.
Under questioning Wednesday from Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, President Donald Trump’s choice for the high court offered no view on the pardon issue. Multiple investigations are looking into Trump’s taxes, his businesses and his associates.
Barrett would not offer her thoughts on whether Trump would be able to pardon himself. But she agreed with Leahy’s assertion “no one is above the law.”
Barrett is in her third day of hearings and has repeatedly refused to say how she’d rule on various issues, including abortion and the Affordable Care Act. We dive into what we’ve learned so far, and what’s still to come.
With files from the Associated Press.
Brian T. Fitzpatrick, professor of law at Vanderbilt University, former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom Judge Coney Barrett also clerked, and former Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
Pratheepan Gulasekaram, professor of law at Santa Clara Law, where he specializes in constitutional and immigration law