Donald Trump is trying to get him and his buddies out of the mud by using his power to pardon.
It has been four long years is of the dreaded Trump administration. During his presidency, 45 has reportedly broken several laws, abused his presidential power, and just outright ruined the country by continuously spewing racist rhetoric, creating modern-day internment camps, only paying $750 in federal income taxes, as well as a slew of other heinous crimes. But, as his reign of dictatorship comes to an end with his loss against Joe Biden, Trump seems to be doing all he can to get himself out of being prosecuted, starting with using his current presidential power to pardon himself and his companions before his time is up.
Right now, Trump is refusing to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Biden, and he seems to have turned his attention to cleaning up the alleged criminal activity he committed before and after his term, starting with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling with the 2016 election.
While Trump has currently decided to refuse to give up his post, he has been looking into whether he can self-pardon himself since 2017, according to some of his former aides. CNN reports that one of the former White House officials said Trump asked about self-pardons and pardons for his family. The former official said Trump also asked if he could issue pardons preemptively for crimes that people could be charged with in the future. “Once he learned about it, he was obsessed with the power of pardons,” the official said. “I always thought he also liked it because it was a way to do a favor.”
Trump’s pardoning power won’t protect him or others who are being investigated in connection to the Trump Organization; it only works for federal crimes. The New York attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney have an ongoing probe into the Trump organization.