New York Attorney General Letitia James took aim at Pres. Donald Trump Tuesday and fired away. James appeared on ‘The View’ as she declared that pardons won’t protect him and his family from her legal authority.
She stated, “The fact that Mr. Trump is the president of the United States really has no bearing on our investigation. In fact, the election has no bearing on our investigation. We’ll continue our investigation whether he’s president or not.”
This following reports Pres. Trump might pardon himself and/or family members. While James thinks he will, hoping to wriggle out of a jam.
“He can preemptively pardon individuals and the vast majority of legal scholars have indicated that he cannot pardon himself.” She spelled out what would possibly happen.
“What he could do is step down and allow the vice president, Vice President Mike Pence, to pardon him. I suspect he’ll pardon his family members, his children, his son-in-law and individuals in his administration, as well as some of his close associates. Then I suspect at some point he’ll step down and allow the vice president to pardon him.”
James continues to probe the president and his Trump Organization about actions ‘related to financial impropriety.” The president’s middle son Eric gave sworn testimony to James’ office just before Election Day.
As James made it clear, he is fair game. “It’s important to understand he’s pardoned from federal crimes, He is not pardoned from state crimes. Last year I introduced a bill in the state legislature which would close the pardon loophole so that individuals such as the president of the United States would not evade justice.”
Then added, “It’s important we have this check on presidential powers and that the state legislature, I’m so happy they passed that bill and it’s the law in the state of New York. President Trump cannot avoid justice in the great state of New York.” Sounds like Trump and family must face the music.
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Pardons have been a popular topic lately. According to the New York Times, two sources with firsthand knowledge of the situation have revealed that Donald Trump had spoken with his aides about whether he should grant pre-emptive pardons to his three eldest children, son-in-law Jared Kushner and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Trump has conveyed great concern to those close to him that Biden’s Justice Department will go after him as well as target Don Jr, Eric, and Ivanka as well as Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner.
Kushner had provided false information to federal authorities about the contact that he had with foreigners for his security clearance. Despite concerns, he was given security clearance anyway.
Why Trump is so greatly concerned about the potential criminal exposure of his eldest children is unclear. There is, of course, the ongoing investigation by the district attorney in Manhattan into the Trump organization, which was recently expanded to include write-offs that can be linked directly to Ivanka Trump. It appears that millions in consulting fees went directly to Trump’s eldest daughter.
However, presidential pardons cannot protect anyone from state or local crimes.