Can he really do that?
Courtesy of The Hill:
Andrew Weissmann, a deputy to former special counsel Robert Mueller, predicted that President Trump will pardon himself and several family members if he does not win reelection this November.
“I suspect strongly that if the president does not win reelection, that he is going to pardon a lot more people related to the Trump Organization, his family, people who work there, and even himself,” Weissmann told NPR in an interview on his book tour. “That’s obviously never been done. A president has never pardoned himself and that could be challenged by the Department of Justice if it decided it was going to go ahead with a criminal prosecution.”
Weissmann did not specify for which specific actions he believed Trump would pardon himself.
And just in case you are thinking this is too far fetched to actually happen, read this:
Trump has said in the past he has the power to pardon himself but will not because he has not done anything illegal.
Keep in mind that it is an established Trump tactic to test the waters with some throwaway remark like that and then to act on it months or even years later.
I don’t know that Trump could actually get away with this, but I am damn certain that he is thinking it over.
And it actually seems more likely than that earlier scenario we discussed where Trump stepped down and then made Mike Pence pardon him.
I am not sure he trusts Pence enough to put his freedom in his hands like that.