The current US President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of pardoning himself. This became known to the newspaper The New York Times.
Trump was thinking about his own pardon several weeks ago in the last days of his presidency, according to two people familiar with the situation. As the newspaper writes, this will become one of the most extraordinary and untested uses of presidential power in US history.
It is also emphasized that Trump has expressed concern that the new authorities will attempt to persecute him after the current president leaves office.
The publication points out that no American president has previously pardoned himself, so the legitimacy of the alleged pardon has never been tested in the justice system, and legal scholars disagree on whether the courts will recognize this. However, they agree that a presidential pardon could set a dangerous new precedent for presidents who unilaterally claim they are above the law and insulate themselves from responsibility for any crimes they commit in office.
At the end of December, Trump pardoned former head of his campaign Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone. Manafort and Stone were convicted as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. In total, the list included 26 citizens, among them was the developer Charles Kushner – the father of Ivanka Trump's husband Jared Kushner. Three more Americans were partially or fully commuted.