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Kev Agent of The Shadow

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Subj: My understanding is yes.
Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 at 10:13:14 am EST (Viewed 226 times)
Reply Subj: Can he pardon someone who hasn't been convicted yet?
Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 at 11:36:13 pm EST (Viewed 191 times)

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."

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