- President Donald Trump relies on the advice of assistants, family members and TV presenters who need to be pardoned before leaving office, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
- Presidents generally consider cases examined by attorneys at the Department of Justice as part of the formal application process.
- Trump on Wednesday pardoned Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser who lied about FBI agents ’2016 dealings with Russian officials.
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President Donald Trump is relying on the advice of friends, TV presenters and family members to decide who should be pardoned before he leaves office on Jan. 20, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Generally, people convicted of federal crimes can ask the White House to consider presidential pardon, and their case will be reviewed by attorneys at the Department of Justice.
But Trump relies on the recommendations of people close to him, especially Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and counselor. According to the newspaper, Kushner played an important role in Trump’s earlier graces.
There is increasing speculation about who the President will pardon in the last few weeks. The Post did not specify which people Trump’s circle recommended for grace.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that a “lightning” of grace could include George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaigner who pleaded guilty as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation in Russia to lying to investigators.
Traditionally, presidents reserve their grace to those who have been victims of a miscarriage of justice. But Trump was accused of using power to protect his comrades from punishment.
Moreover, there have been speculations that Trump could be pardoned, an unprecedented move that some legal experts say would be overthrown by the Supreme Court.
The president said Wednesday he had pardoned Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents for contacting Russian officials before Trump took office. Trump claimed Flynn had not received a fair trial.
But Trump is not the first president accused of abuse of graces – Presidents George HW Bush and Bill Clinton have also been accused of abuse of power.