PARDON MY CONTEMPT
Boy with Ball, Oil on Panel, 15.75" x 19.5", Richard J Van Wagoner, 1974, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust
Under Article II Section 2 of the United States Constitution, Mr. Trump has the power to protect himself by pardoning those around him, including any with whom he may have conspired to corrupt the election, launder funds, violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or . . . . He has the power to pardon their obstruction of justice, false statements on security applications and disclosure forms and to federal agents, faux recusals, treason, espionage, violations of the Logan Act.
If you don't think he will, Comey. Mr. Trump's moral corruption is bottomless. He would say, or tweet, "this is a total witch hunt. The worst in the history of the world. They did nothing wrong. They are totally innocent. There was no collusion. And I won by a landslide, the biggest in history." Judge, jury and exonerator-in-chief, but please do not doubt he would use them, or anyone, as a shield if he thought it somehow served him.
Prosecutors typically have an ace up their sleeve. In a prior post I mentioned the Department of Justice (now the Special Prosecutor) has the power to grant immunity as a means to force a subject or target to testify against another, say Mr. Trump, without fear of prosecution or Fifth Amendment incrimination. With inevitable "pardons" a pen-stroke away, who needs immunity? The only way the Special Prosecutor could try to force a witness to give up Mr. Trump is with a subpoena to testify which would be mostly meaningless in the face of Mr. Trump's inevitable invocation of Executive Privilege and National Security. If the witness were held in criminal contempt for refusing to testify, Mr. Trump would pardon that as well.
McConnell and Ryan: eyes wide shut.
*My brother the fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to lastamendment.com
**My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed more than 500 pieces of my father's work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father's art reproduced in lastamendment.com are hers