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President Trump waving to the press. Photo: Oliver Douliery-pool/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted that he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself in any investigation on Monday morning after personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani argued he "probably does" have the right to do so.

The big picture: Some legal experts are blasting the president for suggesting that he'd be able to pardon himself and some are saying that there are ways he could pardon himself or be pardoned.

What they're saying
  • Trump administration counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News and said it doesn't matter whether Trump can pardon himself:
"To ask whether President Trump will pardon himself is a ridiculous question because you would only pardon yourself if you’ve done something wrong."
  • Senator Chuck Grassley told CNN Trump needs to find a new lawyer:
"If I were president of the United States and I had a lawyer that told me I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer."
  • In a tweet, Senator Richard Blumenthal said Trump pardoning himself would be "unthinkable":
"Only in a two-bit tin horn totalitarian dictatorship could the President even consider pardoning himself from all accountability. "
  • Senator Ed Markey looked to a DOJ ruling for clarity on the issue and said Trump can't pardon himself in a tweet:
"'Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself,' – DOJ Office of Legal Counsel, 4 days before Nixon resigned."
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Trump never explicitly said that he'd pardon himself. He also added he doesn't think a president should ever pardon themselves:
"The president is not saying he is going to pardon himself. The president never said he pardoned himself...I don't think a president should pardon themselves."
  • Paula Reid of CBS said Trump isn't able to pardon himself based on a DOJ ruling, but Vice President Mike Pence can.
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Go deeper: What we know about Trump's self-pardon power.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."