At Wall Street Rebel, we have repeatedly warned that President Trump will pardon himself and his three oldest children, Jared Kushner, for all crimes committed during and before taking office. As each day passes, it looks like he’s going to precisely that. Now Sean Hannity is pushing Trump to do exactly that.
President Trump is incredibly predictable and is panicking over his loss of the presidency because he knows he’s facing a possible hailstorm of federal criminal investigations and indictments – after he leaves office. Once a new US Attorney General takes over the Department of Justice he also knows that his three oldest children and Jared Kushner his son in law may be at risk.
Legal scholars differ on whether accepting a presidential pardon carries an imputation of guilt. The problem with accepting a pardon makes the person receiving and accepting the pardon look guilty in any case.
The problem that exists once Trump accepts a blanket pardon, particularly a pre-emptive pardons as Sean Hannity suggests, Trump, his family and other sycophants would lose their ability to assert their 5th Amendment rights not to answer any questions once put under oath.
If New York state or local authorities prosecute any or all of them, they would legally have to tell the truth and, if they have been served subpoenas, would have to turn over all requested disclosures and evidence.
If they get caught perjuring themselves, it could and would likely expose them again to federal prosecution. Given Trump and his three oldest children and Kushner are all under investigation in New York and the Trump Organization, taking Sean Hannity’s suggestion could make things much worse for the President for three reasons.
- First, a pardon would make everyone, including him, look guilty and put them at New York prosecutors’ mercy. Felony convictions of Trump and his family members would make it much harder to run for President mainly if the crimes include tax, bank, insurance, and wire fraud felonies.
If for some reason, there was a groundswell and President Trump was in jail but won re-election in 2024, he’d still be at the mercy of the New York State penal system, and only the governor of New York could pardon him. Given the animosity of Governor Cuomo and AG Letitia James (likely the next New York Govenor)to Donald Trump and his family etc., there will be no pardons.
- Second, given the risk of conviction in New York State, a federal pardon could make negotiating pleas with New York prosecutors impossible, leaving a check-mated path for Trump and his family members involved to serve their sentences in a New York State prison. No sane human being would go to a state hellhole and would have the option to go instead to a federal facility.
- Third, the US Constitution gives POTUS the power to grant pardons. The definition of “grant” amounts to giving someone something, in this case, a blanket pardon. Grant isn’t likely to be seen by even the current Supreme Court as a legal option. One important bedrock principle of our founding fathers was that no one could be their own judge and jury. This complements another bedrock principle no one is above the law.
Sean Hannity just admitted…
“We, in this hour — I am not told what to say, I don’t vet the information on this program that I give out,” said Hannity. “We have always been independent, follow our own path on this show. That’s not going to change for me, ever.”
This would mean Hannity hasn’t considered all the downside of recommending President Trump go the mass blanket pardons on Monday when talking with a pro-Trump lawyer and election fraud conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell. Hannity literally gave his vocal endorsement for Trump to investigate his own White House and then pronounce his own degree of justice.
The Washington Post’s shocking story over the weekend, “20 days of fantasy and failure,” about President Trump’s behavior since realizing he lost tells the story of a man suffering psychological crises…
“…Trump refused to see it that way. Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like “Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won.’ ”
And yet, amid all this, Trump has managed to raise $150 million to retire his campaign debt, throw some money at the RNC for the Georgia senate race that will take place in early January. The rest of it, Trump will undoubtedly become a dark money pool he can use to pay his lawyers and hold more rallies. If he, family members, and other sycophants are indicted, his followers’ blind loyalty could raise another $500 million to $1 billion on an ‘I’m Fighting For You’ tour.
With this in mind, perhaps President Trump shouldn’t pardon anyone, not even himself. Better to grift a $1 billion, and make another few billion as an ex-president for several years and drag it. It could just get ugly enough to motivate people to vote Republican in 2024 or 2028 and end up back with Trump having to deal only with New York State.
Trump may consider a pardon for himself