According to the U.S. “Political” News Network on the 3rd, US President Trump is considering pardoning up to 20 aides and families before leaving office, including even early a pardon for himself. This frustrated some Republicans, who think the move may be counterproductive. U.S. President-elect Biden said he was very worried about the amnesty in the media coverage.
According to CNN on the 3rd, sources revealed that Trump felt that he and his family had been unfairly attacked. The US president fears that the judiciary will investigate his family after Biden is in power. A large number of amnesty actions are expected before Trump leaves office.
Since this year’s election, the White House has held many amnesty meetings to discuss in detail the list of people to be pardoned. Trump’s three oldest children and female Kushner, as well as private lawyer Giuliani, are likely to receive an early pardon.
The government will act quickly, once the president makes a decision, and does not even need to go through the Department of Justice.
Some Republican senators believe that if Trump pardons his family and aides, it would be tantamount to stepping on a “political landmine”. Republicans such as Grassley, the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the U.S. Congress, believe that pardon for Trump or his family is unnecessary because they have not been charged. Republicans fear that an early pardon would be seen as a guilty plea.
If Trump is really charged with crimes, “we will deal with it,” said Florida Senator Rubio, a Republican. Some people around Trump worry that if the president’s pardon in his last term is too wide, it may “contaminate” his political legacy or damage future campaigns.
Sources said that Trump and his team are also considering the legal and political consequences of a wide range of early amnesty. The U.S. president also worries that the early pardon looks like admitting that the person concerned has committed a crime.
Trump has not made any decision on the pardon.