Dems probe report of Trump pardon offer
WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee leaders asked acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to provide information about President Trump’s reported offer of a pardon in case McAleenan faced criminal liability for following orders to close the border with Mexico.
Chairman Jerrold Nadler and other committee Democrats asked McAleenan in a letter Tuesday to identify DHS employees who may have heard, or were told about, such a conversation. He also was asked to identify officials who may have heard Trump direct them to deny asylum-seekers entry to the U.S.
The New York Times reported on April 12 that Trump made such statements during an April 5 trip to the border with McAleenan. The Times said one unidentified person said the president may have meant the pardon offer as a joke, but that officials still were concerned about it.
A DHS spokesman said last week that Trump never asked or pressured McAleenan to do anything illegal.
– Bloomberg News