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Trump advised against self-pardon

Former US Attorney General William Barr
Former US Attorney General William Barr

Former Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone reportedly told President Trump not to pardon himself, CNN reported on Monday.

Multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN that both Cipollone and Barr have recommended Trump avoid a self-pardon, which would apply to federal crimes, with the former attorney general giving such advice before resigning last month.

Barr reportedly pointed to a 1974 Justice Department legal memo that concludes a President should not pardon himself, although the process has not been tested.

“Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself,” the memo reads.

The White House counsel has not requested the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel review the issue, two sources told the network. CNN noted that both Barr and Cipollone previously defended Trump’s use of executive power but have recently broken with the president on his unfounded claims of widespread election fraud. Barr resigned after saying his department had found no evidence of fraud. Cipollone reportedly has also considered leaving the administration.

The Justice Department and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the CNN report.

Citing two people familiar, The New York Times reported last week that Trump had openly talked about possibly pardoning himself and his adult children. It is unclear if he has mulled a self-pardon since a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol last Wednesday, which led to five deaths.

Karl Racine, D.C. attorney general, has said he remained open to pursuing charges against Trump, and Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told NPR he’s prepared to bring charges against elected officials if the evidence supports that.

Trump’s encouragement for his supporters to come to D.C. and march on the Capitol “to show strength” and “fight like hell” in opposition to the Electoral College vote count has led to accusations that he incited a violent raid of the Capitol.

(The Hill)