December 03, 2020

Trump’s lame-duck pardons will all be legal, no matter how corrupt they look

By Carrie Cordero

President Trump is reportedly considering whether to issue preemptive pardons for his adult children, his advocate Rudolph W. Giuliani and possibly others before he leaves office on Jan. 20. He has already recently pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and commuted the sentence of his longtime political guru, Roger Stone. So the prospect of more pardons in the next couple of months seems more likely than not.

The prospect of more pardons in the next couple of months seems more likely than not.

But ultimately, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop — or even effectively challenge — Trump’s lame-duck pardons of his cronies. They will all stand. Presidential pardon authority is broad. And the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for its review.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.

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