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Donald Trump Retweets Calls For Forgiveness

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President Donald Trump has shared a call from his ally Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to consider granting a pardon to himself.

After he detailed the full pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, Trump retweeted a number of posts, largely related to claims of election fraud as he persists with his action against the election outcome.

Among posts he shared was a call from Gaetz made prior to Flynn’s pardoning, which had encouraged the president to carry out this action.

In the clip from Fox News, Gaetz had also said Trump should consider using his pardoning powers for others should he see fit—including himself.

“Trump should pardon Michael Flynn, he should pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey, he should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has too,” Gaetz said on Fox News.

“Because you see from the radical left a bloodlust that will only be quenched if they come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump administration. I think that the president ought to wield that pardon power effectively and robustly.”

Trump faces the prospect of lawsuits and criminal investigations upon leaving office, which his position has previously protected him from. There have been suggestions he could, ahead of leaving his position as commander-in-chief, attempt to pardon himself preemptively from federal crimes.

His ability to do so and what challenges this might face are unclear due to there being a lacking precedent for the situation.

Discussing this prospect, Brian Kalt, a constitutional law professor at Michigan State University, previously told Newsweek: “My standard answer here is ‘Well, he can try.”

Trump previously said he had the “absolute right” to pardon himself, though said he would not have to do so as he had not committed wrongdoing.

While there are arguments on both sides over his ability to do so, polling has indicated the public would be against such action.

In an NBC LX/YouGov poll, of 1,200 registered voters conducted November 22, 1,200, respondents were asked: “In your opinion, should sitting US presidents be allowed to pardon themselves?”

Nearly three quarters, 72 percent, said they should not. This compared to 13 percent who said they should be able to.

Newsweek has contacted the White House to ask if Trump has any plans for further pardons and for comment on the potential of pardoning himself.

President Donald Trump speaks after pardoning Thanksgiving turkey “Corn” as First Lady Melania Trump watches in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 24, 2020. He granted former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a pardon on Wednesday, and shared a clip in which it was suggested he do the same for himself.
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