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Amid widening Russia investigation, Trump tweets that the president 'has complete power to pardon'

Amid widening Russia investigation, Trump tweets that the president 'has complete power to pardon'

President Trump raised the specter of presidential pardons Saturday — declaring his “complete power” to grant them — amid a string of angry tweets that reflect his growing concern about the widening criminal investigation into potential collusion with Russia that he has long dismissed as “fake news” and a “witch hunt.”

By mentioning pardons, even as he said it's too soon to consider them, Trump appeared to acknowledge the legal jeopardy his inner circle may face in the FBI inquiry into whether his presidential campaign coordinated with Russian intelligence agents trying to influence the 2016 election.

He thus opened a new chapter for an embattled White House that has seen...

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