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Subj: Re: My understanding is yes.
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 at 08:38:14 am EST (Viewed 185 times)
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My understanding is that Trump could pre-emptivly pardon anyone he wants. The consequence would largely be political. I'm not sure if it would even fall under obstruction of justice. And since the Republicans have been whipped into submission and are now all-in with Trump, the only political consequence would be at the polls. Anyone thinking of impeachment had better give their head a shake, unless there's proven a direct line between Trump and Putin.

"President Donald Trump has the absolute Constitutional power to pardon any of his family, advisers, campaign staff, former and current appointees, and former business associates (including at Trump corporations), regardless of how controversial doing so might be. Issuing a pardon certainly sounds easy, much like waving a magic wand to slam the door shut on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, the decision is complicated with real ramifications for all those pardoned, and likely Trump’s Presidency."

It is an odd issue just on technical reasons. Seems that somebody should at least be charged with something and found guilty first. If they have not than what are you pardoning them about.

You are correct that there are not clear restrictions on it though. That said, it should be Congress's job to step in if he is just using the power to protect people for political reasons.

Congress will not do anything though. Pretty sure Trump was not wrong when he said he could shoot somebody in the open and his folks would still back him. They would just cite stand your ground, even if he was curb stomping the person.

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