Sean Hannity is already laying the groundwork for a Trump self-pardon

以下 Donald Trump’s pardon of retired Gen. Michael Flynn last week, the word around the White House was that this was only the beginning of a series of pardons that the President will issue before leaving office in 50 天.

While there are all sorts of names being bandied about, there’s one person that has drawn the most attention as a possible recipient of a presidential pardon: 唐纳德·特朗普.
是, the possibility exists that Trump could offer himself a preemptive pardon on the way out the White House door as a way to insulate himselfsomewhat — 来自 slew of legal entanglements he is likely to face on January 21, 2021.
And Trump has clearly entertained the idea in the past. “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” 他发了推文 back in 2018.
    CNN’s Zach Wolf has noted, a presidential self-pardon is murky territory becauseno other US president had the audacity to think he could do it.And while the Constitution doesn’t say you can’t pardon yourself as president, a memo from the Justice Department in the final days of Richard Nixon’s tenure suggested he couldn’t do it.

    Enter Sean Hannity, 福克斯新闻’ most recognizable personality and the President’s most ardent defender.
    I watched Andrew Weissmann come out and literally say, '哦, Biden’s A.G. needs to go after Donald Trump.
    And I’m like, the President out the door needs to pardon his whole family and himself, because they want this witch hunt to go on in perpetuity. They’re so full of rage and insanity against the President.
    “我的意思是, it’scan the PresidentI assume that the power of the pardon is absolute, and that he should be able to pardon anybody that he wants to.
    (Weissmann, who was a member of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 选举, wrote a New York Times op-ed signaling that Trump should be investigated and, 如果有必要, prosecuted for any crimes that are uncovered).
    看到, this is all about the so-calledwitch huntagainst Trump that began with FBI Director James Comey and continued through the Mueller investigation, 汉尼提 (和特朗普) want you to believe. (Never mind that the investigation led to 199 charges and seven people being sentenced to prison.)
      Make no mistake: This is Hannity trying to clear the path for a Trump self-pardon. This is part of the effort to not only normalize such a radical move but make it appear to Trump’s loyalist supporters that he had no other options.
      重点: Will Trump break the last bounds of the presidency and make himself judge over himself? I doubt he’s decided yet. But Hannity is laying the groundwork to justify the move if Trump makes it.