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Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:07 AM

Remember this about potential pardons.

If Trump pardons someone, they no longer face the threat of prosecution so they can’t claim risk of self-incrimination as a reason not to answer questions. In other words, Trump would be removing their right to remain silent on these matters. They’d still have exposure to a perjury charge.

So pardoning might not be the smartest move here for Trump, which makes it all the more likely he’ll do it.

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Reply Remember this about potential pardons. (Original post)
bluepen Oct 2017 OP
TlalocW Oct 2017 #1
PJMcK Oct 2017 #2
DetroitLegalBeagle Oct 2017 #3
bluepen Oct 2017 #5
bluepen Oct 2017 #4

Response to bluepen (Original post)

Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:14 AM

1. I'm seeing on other threads

That the charge of conspiracy prevents Trump from pardoning. Not sure which is right... just what I saw.

TlalocW

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Response to bluepen (Original post)

Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:15 AM

2. There could be an exception

If Trump pardons Manafort, it could only be on the Federal charges. If Manafort faces NY State charges, he could still invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Regardless, as you wrote, Trump rarely, if ever, does the smart thing.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:24 AM

3. Correct

Additionally, he can still invoke the fifth if it would incriminate himself on other crimes that he was not charged with.

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Response to DetroitLegalBeagle (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:56 AM

5. True. Thanks.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:54 AM

4. Correct. Thank you.

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