United States (US) President Donald Trump is in talks with his advisors about granting pre-emptive pardon to his daughter Ivanka Trump, sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. Sources familiar with the matter have said that recent conversations regarding the matter have been within the context of a president who feels embattled, and don’t prove that the president believes he or his family members have done anything illegal.
ABC News quoted a top adviser who wants the president to issue pre-emptive pardons for his children saying, “The kids have been through enough.” As per The New York Times, President Trump, who was recently defeated by Joe Biden in the US presidential elections 2020, has expressed apprehensions about the Biden Justice Department targeting the oldest three of his five children and son-in-law in the near future.
What You Should Know:
- United States (US) President Donald Trump is considering granting pre-emptive pardon to some of his family members, incuding his daughter Ivanka Trump.
- He has expressed apprehensions about the Biden Justice Department targeting the oldest three of his five children and son-in-law.
- The nature of potential charges against White House advisor Ivanka Trump, as well as Eric Trump, remains unclear.
- Various previous US presidents have granted pardons, especially near the end of their tenure.
Trump Family Members Under Investigation
While Donald Trump Jr. had been under investigation for having contacts with the Russians and allegedly offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US elections, Kushner has been accused of providing false information to federal authorities regarding his contacts with foreigners for his security clearance. However, the nature of potential charges against White House advisor Ivanka Trump, as well as Eric Trump, remains unclear. A potential charge might have to do with a part of the Trump Organisation’s tax write-offs on millions of dollars in consulting fees going to Ivanka Trump. The Manhattan district attorney is currently investigating the matter.
Pre-emptive Presidential Pardons Explained
The president is entitled to grant pre-emptive pardons even to his family members, as reported by ABC News. However, since no member of the Trump family has been actually accused of a federal crime, and presidential pardons do not provide protection against state or local crimes, the exact process of President Trump’s pre-emptive presidential pardons is unknown.
Various previous US presidents have granted pardons, especially near the end of their tenure. In terms of specific precedent, President Bill Clinton had pardoned his half-brother after a conviction. However, no president has yet tried to pardon someone for crimes they have not already committed. The act has been termed as a “get-out-of-jail-free card” by legal experts. Earlier this year, President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. Furthermore, last week, he pardoned his former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn. As per reports, the president is expected to announce more pardons in the coming days, without waiting for the very last day like past presidents to do the same.
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Tarini Gandhiok is an intern with SheThePeople.TV