The President has the power under Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution to pardon convicted criminals. The Constitution states that the President:
“shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment“. The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted this language to include the power to grant pardons, conditional pardons, commutations of sentence, conditional commutations of sentence. The President’s power to pardon is unlimited. He is allowed to pardon any person convicted of a federal offense, including a person convicted of conspiracy to interfere with US elections, as well as those who violate a Federal Court Order.
A story appears this morning in Raw Story which indicated Felix Sater, a former business partner of Trump, told family and friends that he knows he and Trump are going to prison.
According to Raw Story,
“Sources told The Spectator‘s Paul Wood that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s deep dive into Trump’s business practices may be yielding results.
Trump recently made remarks that could point to a money laundering scheme, Wood reported.
“I mean, it’s possible there’s a condo or something, so, you know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows?” the president said.
Sater, who has a long history of legal troubles and is cooperating with law enforcement, was one of the major players responsible for selling Trump’s condos to the Russians.
And according to Wood’s sources, Sater may have already flipped and given prosecutors the evidence they need to make a case against Trump.
Sater hinted in an interview earlier this month that he may be cooperating with both Mueller’s investigation and congressional probes of Trump.
“In about the next 30 to 35 days, I will be the most colourful character you have ever talked about,” Sater told New York Magazine. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it now, before it happens. And believe me, it ain’t anything as small as whether or not they’re gonna call me to the Senate committee.”
Sater is not the only one rumored confidante to have turned against Trump. An attack on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort by the National Enquirer — a friendly outlet for the president — suggests that he may have already turned over damaging evidence to authorities.
Considering the effect of Trump’s pardon power, it is deeply troubling to think that by electing Trump to the Presidency, we have put a person in a position to Obviate the Rule of Law. Trump has already been reported to be considering his pardon power. The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has already sought to better understand his pardon power, a development that seems directly linked to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the foreign power.
Arpaio, a hero in conservative circles, was accused of violating a court order in a racial profiling case by continuing patrols targeting immigrants. Hence, the US Supreme Court has ruled that racial profiling is unconstitutional, a Federal Court issued an order which required Arpio to stop racial profiling, and Arpio ignored the order. Arpio was found guilty of criminal contempt, and Trump now is considering a pardon for the criminal that violated the Constitution, was ordered by a federal judge to stop violating the Constituion, and the criminal defied the Federal Judge. For Trump to even consider such a pardon is a clear indication that Trump thinks he, and those who agree with his world view, are above the law.