Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested Monday that President-elect Donald Trump could pardon members of his administration who break the law. Gingrich is referring to anti-nepotism laws which could prevent Trump from hiring his daughter and son-in-law from serving in his administration.
“We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about Trump’s business interests. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.”
“In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to. He also has, frankly, the power of the pardon,” he continued.
“It is a totally open power, and he could simply say, ‘Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period.’ Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority,” he said, according to Politico.
Gingrich said the anti-nepotism law was the result of “Lyndon Johnson’s reaction to Bobby Kennedy, and the fact that Johnson hated Kennedy.”
“It was a very narrowly focused bill really in reaction to a particular personality thing,” he said. “I think that we have to look at it in the context of what they were trying to accomplish.”
Imagine if Obama suggested changing a law in order for conflicts of interest to be made OK. The outrage from conservatives would be deafening. Trump has literally zero political experience and he’s trying to normalize making a huge profit from his presidency. This is not normal.
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