Trump mulls preemptive pardon for as many as 20 allies, Biden says he’s concerned

Thursday, Politico reported Trump may preemptively pardon up to 20 allies before leaving office.

According to the report “Those up for clemency include everyone from Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to several members of his family — all people who haven’t been charged with a crime. Weighing on Trump’s mind is whether these pardons would look like an admission of guilt.”

The list reportedly in consideration also includes President Trump’s sons Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said “I know why he pardoned [Michael] Flynn, because Flynn was railroaded, but I don’t know what the others have done wrong that they’d need to be pardoned.”

During an interview with Jake Tapper, Biden reacted to the report by saying this “concerns me in terms of what kind of precedent it sets and how the rest of the world looks [at] us as a nation of laws and justice.”

Biden then said he is “not going to be saying, ‘Go prosecute A, B, or C,’ I’m not going to be telling them. That’s not the role, it’s not my Justice Department, it’s the people’s Justice Department. So the persons or person I pick to run that department are going to be people who are going to have the independent capacity to decide who gets prosecuted, who doesn’t.”