The President and Pre-Emptive Pardons


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Dec 04 2020 25 mins   26

The power to pardon criminals or commute their sentences is one of the most sacred and absolute a president has, and President Trump has already used it to rescue political allies and answer the pleas of celebrities.

With his term coming to an end, the president has discussed granting three of his children, his son-in-law and personal lawyer pre-emptive pardons — a rarity in American history.

We look ahead to a potential wave of pardons and commutations — and explore who could benefit.


Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, a Washington correspondent for The New York Times.


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