Trump, lawyers lay out expansive presidential powers view

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, accompanied by White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, left, arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, June 4, 2018, in Washington. Sanders discussed, Trump’s pardon powers, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed Monday he has an “absolute right” to pardon himself, part of an extraordinarily expansive vision of executive authority that is mostly untested in court and could portend a drawn-out fight with the prosecutors now investigating him.