“When the whole thing is over, things might get cleaned up with some presidential pardons,” Giuliani told the New York Daily News in early June.
The former NYC mayor, who now serves on Trump’s legal team, made the remark on the same day former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail.
Manafort, who’s facing charges of alleged money laundering, conspiracy and tax evasion, has the president on his side – Trump tweeted, “Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns. Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair!”
Critics say that Giuliani’s comments may make other people involved in the Mueller probe reluctant to cooperate with investigators – and it may raise ethical questions about whether Trump is abusing his pardon power.
Trump, when asked, didn’t want to discuss pardons; he told reporters, “I don’t want to talk about that. No, I don’t want to talk about that.”
“If the president counsels crimes personally or participates in a crime personally, and then exercises the pardon power so as to shelter the people who engaged in those crimes, the Virginia debate is very clear. That is an impeachable offense.” Constitutional scholar Cass Sunstein said.
Trump also floated the idea of pardoning himself. On June 4, he tweeted, “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”
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