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Laurence Tribe Explains Why a Giuliani Pardon Would be an Extreme Violation of Constitutional Principles

Donald Trump has now lost nearly everyone of his election lawsuits. And each state where the president was hoping to overturn the results has certified their elections. it would seem like the work is done for the “elite strikeforce” of Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis.

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But after making a fool of himself for the last month, Giuliani now wants something in return for the president. On Tuesday, CNN reported that Giuliani has requested a pardon from Trump. Legal legend Laurence Tribe recently explained why that would be an extreme violation of constitutional principles.

The Harvard law professor made the comments while speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett. Burnett began, “So Rudy Giuliani, we know, is among the Trump allies asking for a pardon, a pre-emptive pardon, and we’re also getting breaking news about the DOJ, now, tonight, professor, investigating a potential bribery scheme for a presidential pardon. We understand this investigation was launched back in August. Do you connect these dots?”

Tribe responded:

“Everybody agrees that you can’t pardon someone ahead of the time that they actually commit a crime. That kind of preemptive pardon is impossible, and yet when you are engaged in bargaining with somebody about a possible pardon at a time when they are still engaged in all kinds of shenanigans, you are essentially saying go ahead, commit crimes if you want, and retrospective I’ll give you the kind of sweeping pardon that I have now given Michael Flynn. It’s an extreme abuse of the pardon power, almost as extreme as the self-pardon that Hannity has now urged Trump to grant himself. It’s all an absolute violation of fundamental constitutional principles.”

Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:



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