Sunday, July 23, 2017

Scaramucci on Trump, Russia, Pardons

Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Trump, the Russia investigations and the pardon power:
"The President's thinking about pardoning nobody — because it has been coming up a lot. There's an undercurrent of nonsensical stuff ... This is the problem with the whole system ... He's the President of the United States. If I turn to one of my staff members at SkyBridge, I ask them a question, they run out to the news media and tell everything I'm thinking about, is that fair to the President? ... The truth of the matter is that the President is not going to have to pardon anybody because the Russia thing is a nonsensical thing ... While it makes for interesting academic decisions, let me tell you what the legal team is not doing ... We're not researching the issue, because the issue of pardons is not on the table, there's nothing to pardon from."
See TIME piece here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, have you considered the scope of possible use of post-pardon 18 USC 981(a) given an attempt to litigate Burdick admission of culpability?

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