Trump doubts he'd pardon himself If re-elected

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.15 - 2023 8:12 AM CET

Trump doubts he'd pardon himself If re-elected

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In a recent exclusive interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," former President Donald Trump delved into the subject of self-pardoning, a topic that has sparked legal and ethical debates.

Trump stated that the likelihood of him pardoning himself, should he win the 2024 presidential election, is "very unlikely."

Trump, who is leading the race for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, faces multiple indictments.

These include federal charges in Washington, D.C., and Florida, as well as state charges in Georgia and New York. The allegations range from efforts to overturn the 2020 election results to retaining classified documents and making hush-money payments.

Trump's Perspective

When asked about the possibility of a self-pardon, Trump was clear: "What did I do wrong? I didn't do anything wrong." He emphasized that the charges against him are politically motivated, referring to them as "fake charges" and "Biden indictments."

Trump revealed that the subject of self-pardoning was discussed among his legal advisors during his first term. While some suggested he could go ahead with it, others advised against it, citing the potential negative public perception. Trump himself concluded, "The last thing I'd ever do is give myself a pardon."

Trump also touched upon the recent indictment of Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, arguing that it highlights a dual system of justice. According to Trump, Hunter Biden had negotiated a "deal of the century" plea deal, which eventually fell apart.

The full interview, conducted by Kristen Welker, will air this Sunday on NBC affiliates nationwide. An invitation for a similar sit-down has also been extended to President Joe Biden.

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