But New York Attorney General Tish James is making it clear that no matter who Trump pardons — including himself — she won’t be deterred from pursuing her ongoing criminal investigations of the president, members of his family and the Trump Organization, remarking during an appearance on “The View” recently:
“He can preemptively pardon individuals and the vast majority of legal scholars have indicated that he cannot pardon himself. What he could do is step down and allow the vice president, Vice President Mike Pence, to pardon him. I suspect he’ll pardon his family members, his children, his son-in-law and individuals in his administration, as well as some of his close associates. Then I suspect at some point he’ll step down and allow the vice president to pardon him.”
Those pardons, James added, don’t protect Trump or anyone else from being indicted in the Empire State, and she hinted that’s exactly what’s going to happen to the president just as soon as he leaves the White House on January 20:
Donald Trump has more than met his match in Tish James. And it sounds like she’s getting ready to drop the hammer on him and his criminal enterprise.