Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report

Source: The Hill | December 1, 2020 | Justine Coleman

President Trump has discussed possibly pardoning his three eldest children and adviser Jared Kushner before he leaves the presidency, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Two people briefed on the matter told the Times that the president has talked to his advisers about potentially giving his children, his son-in-law and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani preemptive pardons.

The Times had reported earlier Tuesday that Giuliani had discussed a possible pardon with the president as recently as last week. 

But the newspaper said President Trump had also looked into pardoning Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Kushner, out of concern that President-elect Joe Biden’s Justice Department would retaliate against his family.

The White House did not immediately provide a comment. 

The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was investigated during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the campaign’s contacts with Russia to get information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election. But Donald Trump Jr. was not interviewed by Mueller’s office or charged.

President Trump’s son-in-law gave false information to federal authorities about his foreign contacts when they investigated him for his security clearance, which the president authorized anyway. Giving inaccurate or incomplete information during background checks for security clearances is a federal crime. 

The Times notes that “the nature of Mr. Trump’s concern about any potential criminal exposure of Eric Trump or Ivanka Trump is unclear,” adding that the Manhattan district attorney is looking into the Trump Organization’s alleged tax violations. 

The reasoning for a pardon for Giuliani was also described as “unclear,” although federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating his business dealings with Ukraine and whether he was connected to the removal of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.


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