White House Counsel Pat Cippolone and former Attorney General Bill Barr have both reportedly advised Donald Trump not to pardon himself. Trump pardoning himself might be one of the best things for our country. How do challenge a pardon? You indict him despite it. Former Mueller investigation attorney, Andrew Weismann, doesn’t believe it even needs to go that far, tweeting tonight that Trump himself could initiate his own pardon challenge simply by challenging a criminal investigation into him.
Of course a pardon will not save him from state prosecutions, and if he’s convicted in the Senate, I’m fairly certain it will not save him from charges on inciting insurrection since the charge would be one he has been impeached for. But, no matter how this plays out it’s worth reminding that Cippolone and Barr have not attempted to protect us by their counsel. Rather, knowing that Trump will most certainly be indicted on a self-pardon, they continue to protect him. They remain loyal to the end. Thankfully, they will both soon be relegated into the dustbin of history.