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Trump’s Plan To Pardon His Kids Could Be What Finally Seals His Doom

Now that electors made it official that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, there’s almost nothing left for the incumbent president to do other than a few ceremonial functions which he probably won’t even bother to attend.

But there will likely be a flurry of pardons in the final days of the Trump administration, and the only question that still remains is exactly who will be on the receiving end of those.

There has already been reporting that Trump is considering preemptively pardoning his three eldest children — Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric — and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

However, if Trump does indeed issue those pardons, it could complicate matters for him in the long run and wind up sending him to prison for a very long time, according to his former attorney, Michael Cohen.

Cohen was a guest on MSNBC recently, and he was asked by host Alex Witt:

“Do you see him stepping down just before that in time to be issued a pardon as Letitia James is thinking, pardons for his children from federal crimes?”

Cohen replied:

“That poses a different problem, and part of the answer to your question is, Donald Trump will only do what benefits Donald Trump. So if people tell him, and he gets proper advice that a pre-pardon so to speak would be beneficial to him as well as to his children or some close associates, then he will do it.”

And then Cohen added this warning about any preemptive pardons:

“But what people are telling him is that the pre-pardon is actually something that could hurt him very, very badly with the Tish James case as well as with the [Manhattan District Attorney] Cy Vance case, because if you are pre-pardoned, you no longer have the ability to invoke Fifth Amendment because you can’t be charged which means you have to tell the truth. That’s the last thing that Donald Trump wants — to have to tell the truth? He doesn’t want his kids to have to tell the truth, or individuals that surround him, because if they do, you still can be charged under the state crimes and some of them overlap. So it’s a very dangerous game that Donald Trump is playing right now with this whole pre-pardon concept.”

Cohen is absolutely right: Any pardons mean that those pardoned lose their Fifth Amendment privilege, and that would likely put Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Jared on the witness stand in New York. If they refuse to testify or lie under oath, they’re screwed. If they testify fully and honestly, Donald Trump is screwed.

So, Donald, how does the idea of those pardons sound now?

Here’s the video of Cohen’s appearance from MSNBC:


By Andrew Bradford

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

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