U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of pardoning himself.
According to two people familiar with the situation, a few weeks ago, Trump was thinking about his own pardon in the last days of his presidency. According to the newspaper, this would be one of the most extraordinary and unproven uses of presidential power in U.S. history.
It is also emphasized that Trump expressed his concern that the new authorities will try to persecute him after the current president leaves office.
The publication points out that no American president has ever pardoned himself before, so the legality of the alleged pardon has never been tested in the justice system, and legal scholars are divided on whether the courts will recognize it. But they agree that a presidential pardon could set a dangerous new precedent for presidents to unilaterally claim to be above the law and shield themselves from responsibility for any crimes they have committed in office.
In late December, Trump pardoned former chief of staff Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone. Manafort and Stone were convicted as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. A total of 26 citizens were on the list, and among them was real estate developer Charles Kushner, father of Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner. Three other Americans had their sentences partially or completely commuted.