Trump, in Tuesday’s wave of pardons, so far not planning to forgive himself – EURACTIV.com
US President Donald Trump is choosing not to grant himself a pardon at this point as he prepares a long list of more than 100 pardons and commutations for release on Tuesday January 19, a source familiar with the effort said.
White House advisers said Trump debated privately with advisers whether to make the extraordinary decision to pardon himself, but some administration officials have warned Trump against a self-pardon because it would would pass as guilty.
Many scholars have said that a self-pardon would be unconstitutional because it violates the basic principle that no one should be judge in their own case.
Others have argued that a self-pardon is constitutional because the power to pardon is worded very broadly in the Constitution. Historical texts have made it clear that the nation’s founders in the 18th century discussed self-forgiveness, but chose not to include an explicit limitation on this power.
Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House of Representatives last week for inciting a storming of the US Capitol on Jan. 6 by pro-Trump protesters. His case faces a trial in the Senate and if found guilty, he could be disqualified from running for another presidential bid in 2024.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that so far Trump has no plans to pardon himself nor does he plan to grant preemptive pardons to his family members, another topic he spoke privately with advisers.
Trump, who has already granted two waves of pardons in the past month, met with advisers on Sunday to finalize a list of more than 100 pardons and commutations, the source said.
CNN reported that Dr. Salomon Melgen, a prominent Palm Beach eye doctor who is in jail after being convicted of dozens of counts of health care fraud, is expected to be on the clemency list.
The source said the clemency was to be issued on Trump’s last full day in office on Tuesday. Skipping President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Trump departs Wednesday morning to begin his post-presidency at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. His presidency ends Wednesday at noon.