WATCH: Conservative Pundit Sykes Explains That Trump Would Have to Admit Guilt in Order to Pardon Himself
Yesterday, Donald Trump called into a meeting of Republicans and begged for the election results to be overturned. He seems to be realizing, however, that there is no chance of that happening. And with his term as president coming to an end, Trump has begun to issue pardons.
The first of these post election pardons, for disgraced former NSA Michael Flynn, came on Thursday afternoon. While more are expected, there is also the idea that Trump may look to pardon himself. In order to do so, explained Conservative pundit Charlie Sykes, he would also have to admit guilt.
The creator of the Bulwark appeared on a panel during Joy Reid’s Wednesday MSNBC show. He was responding to comments by former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner. Kirschner said of a possible Trump self-pardon, “The very act of delivering that sentence commutation (to Roger Stone) was a criminal act in furtherance of a conspiracy to obstruct justice. So, I maintain — I know Charlie and I might part ways a little bit — these matters will have to be addressed by the incoming attorney general because corrupt pardons cannot be permitted to stand unchallenged.”
Sykes jumped in:
“I think that it is unlawful. I think it’s unconstitutional, but it will also be seen by the American people as an abuse of power and an admission of guilt. When you accept a pardon, there is the imputation of guilt. So, if Donald Trump is sitting there on his final day in office, he’s got to decide, does he really want to run in 2024? Because if he does want to run for re-election in 2024 self-pardon would be a political disaster. I think that there would be a huge political backlash against it.”
Watch a clip of the comments below: