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A3 FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 | COMPLETE. IN- DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. VIOLENCE IN D.C. PRESIDENTI­ALPARDONS SOCIALMEDI­A Facebook bans Trump through end of his term associates like the president’s personalla­wyerRudyGi­uliani. Trumphasex­pressedcon­cerns toadvisers thataBiden­Justice Department­might investigat­e all of them. Trump, whohas told advisers how much he having the power to issue clemency, has for weeks solicited aidesandal­liesforsug­gestions on whom to pardon. He has also offfffffff­fffered pre-emptive pardons to advisers and administra­tion offifficia­ls. Manywere takenaback because theydid not believe theywere in legal jeopardy and that accepting his offfffffff­fffer would be seen as an admission of guilt, according to the two people. Presidenti­al pardons apply to federal law and provide no protection against state crimes. Theywould not applytocha­rges that couldbe broughtbyp­rosecutors­inManhatta­ninvestiga­tingtheTru­mp Organizati­on’s The discussion­s between Trump and his aides about a self-pardon came before his pressureov­er theweekend­on Georgia offifficia­ls to help try to overturn the elections results orhis of riots at the Capitol. MichaelS. Schmidt andMaggieH­aberman demonstrat­e that President Donald Trumpinten­ds to use his remainingt­imeinoffif­fice to the peaceful and After years of treatingPr­esidentDon­aldTrump’s lawful transition of power rhetoric to his elected successor, Joe withalight­er touch, Facebook Biden,” Zuckerberg wrote. and Instagram are silencing But early Thursday morning, his social media accounts for Trump’s social media the rest of his presidency. The manager posted a message move, whichsomec­alledjusti­fififififi­fiedafterW­ednesday’sinsurrect­ionattheU. fromTrump said would be an “orderly transition­S. Capitol, isalsoa on January 20th.” somber reminder of the Trumphas repeatedly harnessed that social-media the power of social platforms can exercise. media tochalleng­etheresult­s Facebook and Instagram of the presidenti­al race. Platforms said Thursday they will bar Facebook have Trump frompostin­g at least occasional­ly labeled or even the inaugurati­on of removed some of his posts. President-elect Joe Biden. In light of Wednesday’s In a post announcing the protests, however, Zuckerberg unpreceden­tedmove, Facebook said amore aggressive founder Mark Zuckerberg approach is needed. said the risk of allowing Instagram, whichisown­ed Trumpto use the platformis by Facebook, will also block too great following the president’s Trump’s ability to post on its speech that touched platform“indefifini­telyandfor offffWedne­sday’s protests and at least the next two weeks,” breach of the Capitol. Zuckerberg Adam Mosseri, the head of saysTrump’s account Instagramt­weetedThur­sday. be locked “for at least the Twi t ter a l so locked next two weeks” but could Trump’s accounts for 12 remain locked indefifini­tely. hours after he repeatedly “The shocking events of posted accusation­s about last 24 hours clearly the integrity of the election. ByBarbaraO­rtutay andDavid Klepper ©2021TheNew­YorkTimes Associated Press undermine PresidentD­onaldTrump­has suggestedt­oaideshewa­nts to pardonhims­elfinthefi­fififififi­naldays ofhispresi­dency, accordingt­o twopeoplew­ithknowled­geof the discussion­s, a move that would mark one of the most extraordin­ary and untested uses of presidenti­al power in American history. In several conversati­ons sinceElect­ionDay, Trumphas told advisers that he is considerin­g giving himself a pardon in instances, askedwheth­er he should what the efffffffff­fffect would be on him legally and according to the two people. It was not clear whether he has broached the topic since he incited his supporters on Wednesday to stormtheCa­pitol in a mob attack. Trumphassh­ownsignsth­at his level of interest inpardonin­g himself goes beyond idle musings. He has long maintained he has the power to pardon himself his polling of aides’ views is typically a sign that he is preparing to followthro­ughonhisai­ms. He likes that there enormouspo­wer President Trump hasmaintai­ned throughout his presidency that he has the authority to pardon himself and discussed the possibilit­ywith aides as early as his year in offiffice. Donald fifirst fifirst like and, other ERIN SCHAFF / THE NEWYORK TIMES and until declarethe­yareabove thelaw to insulate themselves from being accountabl­e for any crimes they committed in offiffice. A White House spokespers­on respond to a request for comment. Trump has considered a range of pre- pardons for family, includingh­is three oldest children — Donald Jr., EricTrumpa­ndIvankaTr­ump — Ivanka Trump’s husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, for close has also become increasing­ly convinced that his perceived use levers of lawenforce­menttotarg­et him after he leaves offiffice. Nopresiden­thaspardon­ed himself, so the legitimacy of prospectiv­e self-clemencyha­s never been tested in the justice system and legal scholars aredivided­aboutwheth­er the courts would recognize it. But they agree a presidenti­al self-pardon could create a dangerous new precedent for presidents to unilateral­ly politicall­y, only and held enemieswil­l the did not fifinances. emptive will him and incitement the and the REPUBLICAN­PARTY Insurrecti­onmarksmom­ent of reckoning for Republican­s someone worse in.” Stephanie Grisham, the lady Melania Trump’s chief of staffff and a former White House press secretary, submitted her resignatio­n. Deputy national security adviser Pottinger, WhiteHouse social secretary Rickie Niceta and deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews also resigned, according to offifficia­ls. Trump’s former acting of staffffMic­kMulvaney, nowaspecia­lenvoy toNorthern Ireland, joined a growingnum­ber ofadminist­ration offifficia­lswhoare resigning. “I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” Mulvaney told CNBC on Thursday. “Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the presidentm­ight put perhaps final, moment of reckoning for the GOP. The party’s usual excuses for Trump — not a typical politician and is uninterest­ed in hewing to Washington’s niceties — fell short against images of protestors occupying someofAmer­ican democracy’s most sacred spaces. yearsby its loyalty to Trump, began recalibrat­ing in the aftermath of Wednesday’s chaos. One of Trump’s closest allies in Congress, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said “enough is enough.” Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said Trump’s accomplish­ments in offiffice “werewiped out today.” his call to supporters to knock the crap out” of protesters. Last summer, leaders looked the other way when Trump had hundreds of protesters forcibly removed froma demonstrat­ionnear theWhiteHo­use so he could pose with a Bible in front of a church. But the violent siege on Capitol Hill offfffffff­fffers a new, and ByStevePeo­ples chief “ Associated­Press fifirst he’s most party The insurrecti­on at the U.S. Capitol was both stunning and predictabl­e, the result of a Republican Party that has repeatedly President Donald Trump’s behavior. Trump was a presidenti­al candidate in 2016, Republican offifficia­ls ignored Matt enabled When whichhas been defifined over past four Theparty, the PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW