I have no idea who Trump will pardon if he pardons anyone at all (though I think we’ll see a few), but I’d like to see some of you state your opinions before it happens if it happens.
I think Trump will issue pre-emptive pardons for all of his kids (well, except Tiffany and Baron), his son-in-law and Guliani and perhaps even himself.
I don’t think the use of pardons will end there mind you, but those are the ones I think he’ll definitely pardon.
Now, most of those have not been charged with crimes, Guliani being the possible exception and maybe Don Jr in an indictment we haven’t seen.
So, how do you guys feel about pre-emptive pardons?
Myself, I’ve never cared for the pardon power the way it’s been used. Sure there are some good examples of using the pardon power, but there are also some very poor ones (both D’s and R’s have abused this power IMO).
So instead of speculating on who is going to be pardoned, if anyone, or whether they should or not because I know already that argument is over before it starts, my question is a simple one…
Should the President be able to pardon people before they’ve been charged with a crime and if so, how do you think it should work?
I mean, in order to accept a pardon, you have to admit your guilt. If that’s the case and you haven’t been charged with a crime, how does one do this?
Let’s say Kushner accepts a pardon. Is he expected to document all the laws he broke and then from that point forward can’t be charged with crimes related to whatever he’s admitted guilt? Or do you think the President should wave his hand like a priest on Easter sharing a blessing and simply wash away all of your crimes in the past and in the future?
If after Trump leaves office and someone that received a pardon is investigated for something unrelated to specific admission of guilt upon which a pardon was granted, can they be charged and convicted? How far back in the past should a pardon extend? Should it be limited to Trump’s term in office, or should it go back farther?
And of course, there is the absurd idea that a President can pardon himself. I’m afraid to ask, but I assume there are at least a few of you here who believe Trump should be able to pardon himself. But if a Dem tried to do it, you’d find reasons they couldn’t.
Does anyone want to take a crack at this?