But Donald Trump does not intend to sit idly by on this last day. Indeed, the outgoing president would be about to grant a hundred presidential pardons. Among those targeted by this approach, we find in particular friends of Trump, members of his family, senior officials of the White House, former collaborators, famous rappers, and even … Donald Trump himself!
This would not be a first for Trump since, a few weeks after his defeat, he had already granted pardon to several of his allies. According to Bloomberg, a list of around 100 names is currently circulating and was being reviewed by Trump’s senior advisers as well as the White House legal adviser’s office.
First of all, there is a whole set of preventive pardons, which allow the persons targeted by this pardon not to be prosecuted in the event of a federal crime committed before the granting of the presidential pardon. The president’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner could therefore benefit, as could Donald Trump Jr’s companion, Kimberly Guilfoyle. Senior White House officials would also be the subject of this process. The case of Rudy Giulani, Trump’s personal lawyer, was discussed.
Then there will be the classic presidential pardons. They target people already convicted of criminal offenses.
And finally, there is the presidential pardon to … the president himself. By granting himself the presidential pardon, Donald Trump would protect himself from any legal proceedings that could be brought against him. “I have the absolute right to GRACE myself, but why would I do this when I haven’t done anything wrong? “, Trump wrote on Twitter in 2018.
If he were to pardon himself, it would be a first in the history of the United States.