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'Trump’s view of his pardon power is controversial at best. While Trump does have the power to pardon others, President Nixon’s assistant attorney general determined that the president cannot pardon himself.“Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself,” Assistant Attorney General Mary Lawton wrote, just days before Nixon’s resignation in August 1974.Trump’s claim to “complete power to pardon” suggests he takes issue with Lawton’s interpretation. During that same interview, Trump dismissed Deputy Attorney General Trump Rod J. Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe as left-leaning partisan hacks, and characterizes Mueller as having a vendetta against him because he didn’t get Comey’s job.'