Should Trump con­sider par­dons?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JOHN P. KEAT­ING Front Royal, Vir­ginia

I be­lieve that Pres­i­dent Trump would be well served to of­fer pres­i­den­tial par­dons to all those crim­i­nally in­volved in what has be dubbed “the Rus­sia hoax.”

Such a par­don would be de­pen­dent on six con­di­tions: 1) The per­pe­tra­tors ac­knowl­edge guilt 2) They ac­cept a sen­tence 3) They de­cline ap­peals 4) They go pub­lic with all in­for­ma­tion 5) They ap­pear be­fore a tri­bunal, ei­ther con­gres­sional or grand jury, and 6) They tes­tify against oth­ers.

The ne­ces­sity for this is ob­vi­ous, as the charges against Mr. Trump will be re­peated ad nau­seam un­til the elec­tions next year.

Par­dons will bring ev­ery­thing to a head quickly if the pres­i­dent of­fers a win­dow for them — say, 90 days.

Fur­ther­more, we may find out about things still hid­den or in­for­ma­tion known only by peo­ple yet to be iden­ti­fied. Such peo­ple might well fear a charge of con­spir­acy for with­hold­ing knowl­edge of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, and so be glad to come for­ward with­out jeop­ardy.

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