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New York Attorney General: Trump Can’t Pardon His Way Out Of What I Have Planned For Him

There are new reports that President Donald Trump is about to go on a mass pardoning spree, even issuing pardons to people who haven’t requested them, according to Axios.

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:

“It’s important to understand he’s pardoned from federal crimes. He is not pardoned from state crimes. Last year I introduced a bill in the state legislature which would close the pardon loophole so that individuals such as the president of the United States would not evade justice. It’s important we have this check on presidential powers and that the state legislature, I’m so happy they passed that bill and it’s the law in the state of New York. President Trump cannot avoid justice in the great state of New York.”

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.

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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