Perhaps realizing the futility of trying to give himself and his family protection from federal crimes by issuing pardons on his way out the door, President Donald Trump has reportedly decided that he will not attempt to immunize himself or his children, according to reports from Reuters and Fox News, with Reuters noting:
“The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said so far Trump does not plan to pardon himself and also does not plan to issue preemptive pardons for members of his family, another subject he has discussed privately with advisers.”
Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts confirmed the Reuters report:
There are other reports which suggest Trump will hand out at least 100 pardons on Tuesday, his last full day in office, according to CNN:
“Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the matter, a major batch of clemency actions that includes white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others but — as of now — is not expected to include Trump himself.
“The White House held a meeting on Sunday to finalize the list of pardons, two sources said.”
All the pardons in the world cannot possibly save Trump or any of his children from the legal clouds hanging over them in states such as New York, where multiple criminal investigations are underway into possibly crimes ranging from insurance and tax fraud to money laundering.
As the old saying goes, the chickens are coming home to roost, and they’re bringing bad news for the soon-to-be ex-president and his family.