|United States President Donald Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at Valley International Airport after visiting the US-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, on Jan 12, 2021. (Photo by= Reuters/Carlos Barria)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] United States President Donald Trump at this point is opting not to issue a pardon for himself as he prepares an expansive list of more than 100 pardons and commutations for release on Tuesday (Jan 19), a source familiar with the effort said.
White House advisers said Trump privately debated with advisers whether to take the extraordinary step of issuing a pardon for himself, but some administration officials have cautioned Trump against a self-pardon because it would make him look guilty. Many scholars said a self-pardon would be unconstitutional because it violates the basic principle that nobody should be the judge in his or her own case.
Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House of Representatives last week on charges of inciting the storming of the US Capitol on Jan 6 by pro-Trump protesters. His case is to face a Senate trial, and, if convicted, he could be disqualified from seeking another run for the presidency in 2024. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said so far Trump doesn’t plan to pardon himself and issue preemptive pardons for members of his family, another subject he has discussed privately with advisers. Trump, who has already issued two waves of pardons in the past month, met advisers on Sunday to finalize the list of around 100 pardons and commutations, the source said.