With special counsel Robert Mueller moving in, there is speculation that Donald Trump could issue pardons for his family members, administration, and associates. During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly dodged questions about Trump’s pardoning power over the Russian meddling/interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
“It would be premature for me to comment on that,” Sessions said when asked if Trump could pardon his children, administration officials, and campaign staff even before any charges are made in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Hill reports.
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) pressed Sessions as to whether Trump should be able to fire Robert Mueller.
“I’m not able to express an opinion on that at this point,” Sessions said and added that he can’t comment on the possibility of Trump pardoning Papadopoulos, Manafort or his family members. Sessions did say that Trump “has the power to pardon” and added that “there’s no doubt about that.”
“We should be worried if you are telling us the president should be able to pardon in advance all of those being investigated,” Deutch said.
However, Sessions said that Mueller’s investigation should be conducted without interference from the White House.
“Investigations have to be conducted by the appropriate law enforcement officers without fear and favor, without politics or bias,” he said.
The Florida Democrat then said that the “rule of law is crumbling at our feet.”
“You said when you started your testimony today that there is nothing more important than advancing the rule of law, and when you answer the way you have, it suggests that the rule of law is crumbling at our feet,” Deutch said.
You can watch the video here since for some reason it will not embed correctly.
Sessions on whether Trump could pardon those implicated in Russia probe right now: “I would not be able to answer that at this moment.” pic.twitter.com/l2pxJWzOsX
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 14, 2017
Sessions also slammed the door as to appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton because, he said, “the facts” just aren’t there to support such a move.
Trump hasn’t even been on the job for a year and he’s plagued with scandals.
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