R to L: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump (File)
I joined Alexis Conran on Times Radio on Saturday to look at a possible pardon binge by Donald Trump — but also to emphasize that Trump can’t pardon himself from forthcoming prosecutions.
I explain the history of the Presidential pardon and why Trump’s use of it differs greatly from, say, the pardons issued by Barack Obama.
I note that Trump has issued commutations or pardons to those who might testify against him, such as Roger Stone and Michael Flynn. He can hand out pre-emptive pardons to his attorney Rudy Giuliani and even his children.
But he can’t protect himself — and he can’t protect anyone from prosecutions and convictions at State or local level.