‘Pardon-palooza coming’: CNN legal analyst says Trump self-pardon could happen under Constitution

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The left-wing media trashing of President Donald Trump continued as a CNN legal analyst warned of the “pardon-palooza” that will soon be coming to the White House.

Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig warned of the impending “chaos” coming if Trump does not secure a second term and will have to transition out. He even told Aidan McLaughlin on Mediaite podcast “The Interview” this week that Trump could actually pardon himself.

“Oh, it’s going to be chaos,” Honig said of the lame-duck transition time, adding that  “it’ll just be pardon-palooza” under Trump.

“There seems to be a little bit of an impression out there that the president loses some of his powers once he’s… lost the election and is a lame duck. Not at all. He doesn’t lose a single legal or constitutional power. He still has the pardon power,” he said.

“I’m sure Michael Flynn, I’m sure he’s going to pardon Michael, Paul Manafort, and George Papadopoulos, even though the latter two have already served their time, just to make a point, just as a final, you know, finger in the eye of Robert Mueller,” Honig said as he speculated about the pardons he expects to see.

He suggested there could even be preemptive pardons issued to members of the president’s family, leading him to a question about Trump himself.

“One of the fascinating questions is, will he pardon himself or attempt to pardon himself?” Honig wondered.

“We don’t know the answer to whether that’s lawful or constitutional because no one’s ever tried it. It’s never come up,” he told McLaughlin. “Look, on the face of it, it seems like he can do it. I mean, the Constitution does not place any explicit limitation on a self-pardon.”

“On the other hand, it’s definitely not what our framers anticipated or wanted or, I mean, they hated and abhorred self-dealing. And that is the ultimate form of self-dealing,” he added.

Trump had declared that he is personally “not above the law” though he did claim he could pardon himself when speaking to reporters back in 2018.

“The power to pardon is a beautiful thing,” he said as he addressed a posthumous pardon he was considering for boxer Muhammad Ali.

“I’m not above the law. I never want anybody to be above the law, but the pardons are a very positive thing for a president. I think you see the way I’m using them, Trump said at the time. “Yes, I do have an absolute right to pardon myself, but I will never have to do it because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Honig’s take on Trump pardoning himself before leaving office sparked plenty of eye-rolls on Twitter where many users wondered if he would have to have committed a crime first.

 

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