How might Trump use the par­don?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

There is spec­u­la­tion he may blunt spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion by pre-emp­tively par­don­ing ev­ery­one in his in­ner cir­cle. Con­sti­tu­tional schol­ars dis­agree about whether Trump has the power to par­don him­self. But Jef­frey Crouch, au­thor of The Pres­i­den­tial Par­don Power, says a Trump self-par­don could very well back­fire. A 1915 Supreme Court de­ci­sion deemed ac­cept­ing a par­don an ad­mis­sion of guilt. “The stan­dard for im­peach­ment—‘trea­son, bribery, or other high crimes and mis­de­meanors’— is not crim­i­nal, it’s po­lit­i­cal,” Crouch says. “So an ac­knowl­edg­ment of guilt made via a self-par­don could ac­tu­ally be­come a start­ing point for im­peach­ment.”

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