CNN reports that since the inauguration in 2017, The head of the Trump Crime Family, Prznint McGrifter hisself has been asking aides if he can self-pardon.
[Scene: Oval Office, newly elected, Lord Damp Nut looks at a few nice things, appears to calculate their value. An aid enters the room, inauguration party music startles LDN, who is pocketing a small bronze statue. Awkward pause.]
LDN: “So what’s the deal with these pardons? I can pardon anyone for anything? Sounds tremendous. Bigly!”
Anyway, according to this former White House official, Prznint Stupid has also asked about pardons for his crime family, which totally makes sense given that 1) they are Trumps, and B) they worked at the Trump Organization.
Trump has been asking aides since 2017 about whether he can self-pardon, former aides tell CNN. One former White House official said Trump asked about self-pardons as well as pardons for his family. Trump even asked if he could issue pardons pre-emptively for things people could be charged with in the future, the former official said.
“Once he learned about it, he was obsessed with the power of pardons,” the official said. “I always thought he also liked it because it was a way to do a favor.”
Totally no premeditation there. We think we know he was thinking:
Former aides to Trump are split on whether Trump would actually consider giving himself a pardon. Some see it as a near-certainty — “Of course he will,” the former official said — while others believe it’s unlikely, because doing so would imply he’s guilty of something.
And you better believe that he is guilty of something!
Anyway, it’s a fun article, and goes into the shakey theory of self-pardons (even Nixon was more honest, and that’s saying something).