As the Russia Investigation Heightens, Trump Suggests Pardoning Himself

As the Russia investigation continues, the pressure on President Donald Trump just keeps growing.

Throughout the probe, the president has managed to keep the spotlight on others involved with his campaign — advisor Paul Manafort’s Russian funding, Attorney General Jeff Session’s undisclosed Russian meetings and Donald Trump Jr.‘s secret rendezvous to obtain potentially damaging information on rival candidate Hillary Clinton.

Now, however, President Trump my finally be worried about his own role.

How do we know? Well, because the president has raised the question of whether he can pardon himself.

Each day a new revelation appears to be unveiled regarding the investigation. But the latest news — that special counsel Robert Mueller has requested the White House preserve all documents pertaining to Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyers and government allies last year — has many wondering if the noose is tightening around the Trump allies, as well as the president himself.

“Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to preserve all documents relating to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had with a Russian lawyer and others, according to a source who has seen the letter,” reports CNN’s Dana Bash. “Mueller sent a notice, called a document preservation request, asking White House staff to save ‘any subjects discussed in the course of the June 2016 meeting’ and also ‘any decisions made regarding the recent disclosures about the June 2016 meeting,’ according to the source, who read portions of the letter to CNN.”

The question is, will the White House follow directions?

As we learned in the election campaign, the president had a tendency to believe he was immune to court orders in the private sector — even destroying evidence requested by judges, rather than turning it over.

“Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders,” Newsweek reported in October of 2016. “These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump. In each instance, Trump and entities he controlled also erected numerous hurdles that made lawsuits drag on for years, forcing courtroom opponents to spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records.”

Now, too, President Trump seems to be seeking out ways to undermine the investigation by attempting to have Mueller either removed from the probe or discredited so that his findings can be dismissed as partisan hackery.

According to the Washington Post:

With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers. A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.

But while the president has his staff looking at ways to torpedo the investigation, he also is allegedly asking questions about his power to pardon — including whether he can pardon himself.

“Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves,” reports the Independent. ”Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.”

His team may call it “merely a curiosity,” but to anyone outside the pro-Trump arena, that sounds a lot like an admission of guilt. At the very least, it is clear that the president is simply incapable of running the country at this time.

And that’s just one more reason that Congress must get started on impeachment hearings.

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108 comments

Marie W
Marie W11 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Margie F
Margie FOURIEabout a year ago

Okay

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Celine Russo
Celine Russoabout a year ago

Now if you know that he's doing this... you also know that he's obstructing justice. HOW THE HELL IS HE NOT ALREADY GUILTY OR PUNISHED???

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Clare O
Clare O'Bearaabout a year ago

Pardoning himself? Illogical.

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Clare O
Clare O'Bearaabout a year ago

If they had done no wrong they would not need pardons.

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Lisa HERCL - NEVARES
Lisa Nevaresabout a year ago

I must admit that if Trump were to be impeached or 'pardon' himself (which I don't think he even really knows what is meant by that), I would fear that Pence would be far worse. He knows how to play politics and how to play the alt-right 30-something percenters...

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Brian F
Brian Fabout a year ago

Obama did a lot of bad things too, but he got away with it, because the neo liberal corporate Democrats worship him. Obama codified and made the GW Bush tax cuts permanent. Even GW Bush couldn’t do that. Obama hired GW Bush’s defense secretary. Obama expanded the Afghanistan war, and invaded Libya. Obama promised to prosecute the bankers, and then didn’t prosecute one, and got $400,000 for a speech from Wall Street as a reward. Obama promised us single payer universal healthcare, and then gave us a Republican plan instead of Medicare for All, which we need. Obama criminalized whistle blowers, imprisoned Manning for 7 years, and passed a horrible law that limited free speech. So Obama’s economic and foreign policies were similar to GW Bush, but he gets the pass, because the liberal corporate democratic idiots worship him.

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Julie D
Julie Dabout a year ago

If Trump had even the tiniest amount of love for this country he would resign and save us all the trauma and drama of all of this sickening, out of control, enormous shit show and impeachment proceedings. Even Nixon had the good grace to do that. He was guilty of far less. Trump has proven himself beyond any doubt to be completely incompetent to hold the office of President, in numerous ways. If he really wants to make America Great again, as it was before he took over and started destroying everything about it that makes it great, he would resign.

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Mark p
Mark p.mucabout a year ago

D.Trump Is the biggest mistake of Mother Nature !!!

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Brian F
Brian Fabout a year ago

Rhoberta E It’s not a crime to make money unless it is given to a politician in exchange for favors like the 13 million dollars Hillary got from our criminal healthcare industry as a bribe, and her refusing to support single payer universal healthcare, that we desperately need in this country, and most people support. Obama got $400,000 for a speech as a reward for not prosecuting one banker. Democrat Cory Booker has received 19 million dollars from Wall Street and as a reward for not supporting lowering our prescription drug prices. Another corrupt Democrat Claire McCaskill took $800,000 from our criminal healthcare industry as a bribe and refused to support single payer universal healthcare. We expect corrupt Republicans like James Inhofe to take a million dollars from our dirty fossil fuel industry, and lie about Climate Change, because the Republican party is a criminal party that’s bought and paid for by corporations. However, the Democrats have become corrupt and corporate owned like the Republicans, and that’s why I criticize them more. I hate journalist who make $30,000 a day, and tell lies fed to them by their corporate masters who own our media. The fact that politicians taking bribes doesn’t bother you, proves you are a corporate fake Democrat.

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