Trump’s Pardon Problem: Advisors Warn Of Admission Of Guilt In Capitol Riot

A Presidential pardon has been a matter of some controversy for Donald Trump since he took office. From reportedly offering pardons to those who commit crimes on his behalf to claiming he can pardon himself, Trump’s use of this particular power has come up over and over. Now, his attorneys are telling him that to use it for himself would put open up the potential for other legal troubles.

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Trump has reportedly considered giving himself, and possibly his children, preemptive pardons before leaving the White House. It’s already been a controversial issue, since there’s no precedent for the question of whether a president has the power to issue a pardon for himself, particularly one so broad. However, with the discussion of criminal charges for inciting the attack on the Capitol, Trump has a new problem.

As seen in the ABC clip above, lawyers have warned Trump that a self-pardon could be seen in court as an admission of guilt — opening him up to civil suits from those injured in the riots. Trump is reportedly reacting poorly, saying that if he can’t have a pardon, he won’t pardon anyone else, either.

His time to act could be running out — the House of Representatives is convening to discuss a resolution calling for Vice President Mike Pence to pursue the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, and failing that, they plan to move forward with impeachment proceedings.

There’s no word on how Trump’s family is reacting to the news, but according to Reuters, he was considering preemptive pardons for Don Jr, Eric, and Ivanka alongside himself back in December. If his own troubles are shifting his view on pardoning others, the three eldest Trump kids may also miss out.

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