- President Donald Trump discussed pre-pardon pardons with his three eldest children — Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump — and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wrote The New York Times on Tuesday.
- No president has tried to pardon federal crimes that have not yet been committed. It is legal for the president to grant grace to family members.
- It remains unclear what potential crimes the President may pardon in advance. The power of presidential grace does not extend to state or local crimes.
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President Donald Trump has discussed with counsel the grace of his three eldest children, his son-in-law and Rudy Giuliani’s personal lawyer, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Trump expressed concern to others that the Department of Justice could also target his three children – Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump – and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, during the incoming Biden government. is a senior adviser to the White House, The Times reported.
The news that Trump is considering considering the grace of his children was previously reported on Tuesday by ABC News.
While constitutionally presidents have broad powers of grace, no president has sought to pardon federal crimes that have not yet been committed. The president is legal to pardon his family members – in 2001, former president Bill Clinton pardoned his brother for his 1985 cocaine possession and drug trade.
It is not yet clear what potential crimes the President may pardon in advance, but the power of presidential pardon does not extend to state or local crimes.
Jr. Trump was involved in an investigation by former Special Adviser Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, but as a result of the investigation, he was never charged. Giuliani was also investigated by federal prosecutors for his business dealings in Ukraine, which was part of the president’s accountability at the end of last year.
White House representatives declined to comment on the report to Business Insider. Giuliani answered to an earlier version of The Times Twitter report and wrote, “#FakeNews NOW he’s lying again. He never continued the debate he falsely attributed to an anonymous source. It’s hard to keep up with all their lies. “Giuliani ‘s lawyer did not respond immediately to the request for comments.
Fox News presenter Sean Hannity on Monday suggested that the president “should pardon his entire family and himself because they want this witch-hunt to last forever.”
“They’re so full of anger and madness against the president,” Hannity said during her radio show.
Last week, the president pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017 as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Earlier this year, Trump also changed his July sentence for former counsel Roger Stone.