Now that Donald Trump has lost the election to Joe Biden, he knows it also means losing the protection of the Office of the President once his one term comes to an end on January 20, 2021. Legal experts were already pontificating what a Biden win would mean for the legally beleaguered Trump before the election results were announced, and now those predictions are getting a little more solid as reality has begun to set in for Team Trump.
The day after Trump learned he won’t be serving a second term, CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Elie Honig said that Trump needs to prepare himself for the possibility of criminal indictments the moment President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.Hoenig suggested that the country should expect a flurry of pardons from Trump, including the possibility he may try to pardon himself. It’s also very possible Trump will pardon his adult children, as well as his cronies Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and Roger Stone, among others. Federal pardons will only protect Trump and his associates only so much, however; he is still facing indictments in New York State related to fraudulent activities committed by the Trump Organization.
With the word coming from the White House that they won’t be aiding in the traditional peaceful transition of power, Trump’s vindictiveness is causing worry among Washington insiders. But there’s only so much he can actually get away with in the last remaining weeks of his only term.
New week, new dawn, @NewDay.
Coming up in a bit @CNN on the President’s ongoing, loud-but-substance-free effort to prevent his inevitable transition to “former President.”
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) November 9, 2020
Reminder: A presidential pardon only applies to federal crimes. If Trump pardons himself, that pardon would not cover the investigations now underway by New York Attorney Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 9, 2020
Acceptance of a pardon is an admission of guilt for the crimes pardoned. Further, federal pardons do not negate state or local crimes or criminal prosecutions. https://t.co/Sct3qz3zSa
— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@lauferlaw) November 9, 2020
Watch Elie Hoenig take a deeper dive into this issue, below.