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CRS – Presidential Pardons: Frequently Asked Questions – Along with news updates

Presidential Pardons: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), CRS Legal Sidebar, 8/28/2017: “…The Framers did not debate this question at the Convention, and it unclear whether they considered whether the pardon power could be applied in this manner. No President has attempted to pardon himself…Accordingly, this is an unsettled constitutional question, unlikely to be resolved unless a President acts to pardon himself for a criminal offense.”

Washington Post – “…controversial pardons will only spare Trump’s friends and family from federal prosecution, not from civil suits and state prosecutions…

New York Magazine – “…But it turns out that there is a flaw in Trump’s strategy. The presidential pardon only applies to federal crimes. As NBC reported last night, it is possible for state governments to press charges in some of the alleged crimes committed by Trump’s cronies. “You would have to find that one of those [election] crimes occurred in New York,” Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor, told NBC. Of course, some of the alleged crimes almost certainly did take place in New York. And sure enough, Josh Dawsey reports, Mueller is teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering,” he notes. Trump can pardon anybody facing charges from Mueller, but not from Schneiderman. It is probably significant that Mueller is letting this fact be known to Trump’s inner circle. Trump’s biggest source of leverage over Mueller just disappeared…”

And via Daily Beast – Mueller Enlists the elite IRS’ Criminal Investigations unit for His Trump-Russia Investigation

The New York Times – Mueller Has Early Draft of Trump Letter Giving Reasons for Firing Comey

Medium – Trump Tower Moscow Had Land And Plans

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