"A tremendous abuse": Senate Republicans warn Trump not to pardon himself

“There’s no doubt that the president is not above the law,” Collins said Monday. “It would be a tremendous abuse of his authority if he were to do so, as well as remarkably unwise.”

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) stressed that the Constitution “doesn’t give carte blanche freedom to a president.” And Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who is leading his own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, also took issue with Trump’s claim about his pardon powers.

“If I were president and somebody, some lawyer told me that I could do that, I’d hire a new lawyer,” Grassley told reporters.