For months now, there have been reports that President Donald Trump plans to pardon several family members — Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Jared Kushner, to name a few — as one of his last acts in office.
There have also been suggestions that Trump may attempt to issue a self-pardon to himself, though it remains unclear if such a move would hold up in court since it has never been litigated.
But according to CNN, Trump’s attorneys are warning the president that pardoning himself could be an enormous mistake:
If Trump were to attempt a self-pardon, the result could actually be detrimental to him because it might speed indictments that are reportedly pending in the state of New York from the offices of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. and New York Attorney General Tish James.
It’s also notable that Barr and Cipollone are so opposed to the move, seeing as how both have been among the president’s staunchest defenders, CNN notes:
“Barr and Cipollone’s opposition to Trump pardoning himself is notable because both have been staunch defenders of Trump wielding an expansive executive authority during both the Russia probe and the 2020 impeachment proceedings over his call with the Ukrainian President.
“Both men have recently been at odds with the President over his election lie. Barr left his post in December after publicly stating there was no widespread election fraud and Cipollone has considered resigning in recent weeks after strongly disagreeing with the President and his desire to use his office to overturn the election results.”
Given everything Trump is facing legally the minute he leaves office — financial and inciting a riot to name a few — he might want to stay focused on the task at hand or else get hit with one hell of a legal tsunami thanks to his own paranoid actions.