Pardon me Trump, but you are not above the law!
It is one of these rare moments, when the powerful and executives understand how hard their case are failing, how much dirt and how much sinister outrage that will come out an investigation, that they will do and use all kind means to get there. That is the state of affairs within the New York Gang aka White House aka Trump Organization aka Russian Mob. There are just too much collusion and shade of grey to cease to amaze. The connections and inner-works. If President Trump was innocent, he would threat and sack law officers like James Comey or trying to figure out how to do it to Special Investigator Robert Mueller. He would have continued to spend time at Trump Resorts and played golf. Instead, he does this:
“Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation” (Washington Post, 20.07.2017).
It seems like the President knows his predicament and trying to figure a way out and not leave scores of hurt for his family and his empire. Since Mueller is extending his team and his efforts into investigations. That is why Trump are disgusted with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russian Probe and answered out of loyalty to the Senate. Certainly, the tale of how the President will maneuver and act is not predicable, but he will only act in own interests and not for the sake of justice. If so, he would have given more funding to the works that former FBI director Comey was doing. Alas, he did not. The specialness out of it all, is that President Richard Nixon, asked the same questions about possible pardoning of himself and his team. Just days before his end of reign. Here is what the then Department of Justice representative wrote on the matter in 1974!
“Presidential or Legislative Pardon of the President:
Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself. If under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment the President declared that he was temporarily unable to perform the duties of the office, the Vice President would become Acting President and as such could pardon the President. Thereafter the President could either resign or resume the duties of his office. Although as a general matter Congress cannot enact amnesty or pardoning legislation, because to do so would interfere with the pardoning power vested expressly in the President by the Constitution, it could be argued that a congressional pardon granted to the President would not interfere with the President’s pardoning power because that power does not extend to the President himself. August 5, 1974” (Mary C. Lawton, Presidential or Legislative Pardon of the President – 1974).
So now, the President is looking for a way out. The road ahead looks rocky for the President who has internal shake-ups and well as finding the best way out the scandal and mess. Who does not look better for by every day that passes by. The more people look into his business, his New York Gang and everything with his name. It turns sour.
Just as CBS News reports: “There’s been a shakeup in President Trump’s legal team. Marc Kasowitz is out as Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports. And Kasowitz’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, has resigned, Garrett says.The reasons for the moves were not immediately known” (CBS News, 2017).
The legal team that now have to defend the President is Ty Cobb, Jay Sekulow and John Dowd. Clearly, these men has enormous challenge ahead as the legal case are growing and the relationships, the financial transactions and the whole Trump Organization is scrutinized by the Mueller investigation. Nothing is left to fate and see, it is checked and verified by the ones who has the authority. Even as the threats and the rumors of firing Mueller have come as well. Just as he fired Comey, but how much tampering with his own investigation can the American people.
If he we’re to fire Mueller, he had to fire Attorney General Sessions, who would give way to Deputy AG Rosenstein, who could appeal the Special Counsel, but if he doesn’t, that means that the President has to fire him as well. Than if possible repeal the act that gives authority to the investigation. That seem far-fetched, but if all botched ideas comes into play and Trump see this as a way out.
My final question, if this Russian Probe was not anything and had no real life effect. Why would Mr. President try to figure out the Powers of the Presidential Pardons?
Since, that is not an authority sanctioned with ease and for fun, except to few turkeys now and then. The rest of the time to serious offenders or for people wrongfully detained and incarcerated. That sort of act has not been done in favor of people close to the President and his family. Clearly, the President thinks that he is beyond and above the law. Peace.
Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger – ‘Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation’ (20.07.2017) link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-lawyers-seek-to-undercut-muellers-russia-investigation/2017/07/20/232ebf2c-6d71-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumplegal-925pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.a25bf0c8e0ad
CBS News – ‘Marc Kasowitz and Mark Corallo depart Trump’s legal team’ (21.07.2017) link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/corallo-kasowitz-depart-trump-legal-team/