Appearing on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow, former lead prosecutor for Robert Mueller Andrew Weissman made the case that Trump’s pardons that include Paul Manafort and Roger Stone may later backfire on him if he is prosecuted.
Weissman says with pardoned individuals the Fifth Amendment no longer applies and Manafort and Stone could be called to testify if prosectors pursue a case against Trump.
Meanwhile, appearing on “The View” earlier this month, NY Attorney General Letitia James suggested President Trump “cannot avoid justice in the great state of New York” even with Pardons.
James said “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”
“It’s important to understand he’s pardoned from federal crimes. He is not pardoned from state crimes,” James continued “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. It’s important we have this check on presidential powers and that the legislature —the state legislature, I’m so happy they passed that bill and it’s now the law in the state of New York.”
“President Trump cannot avoid justice in the great state of New York,” she added.