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bluepen

(620 posts)
Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:07 AM Oct 2017

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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Remember this about potential pardons. (Original Post) bluepen Oct 2017 OP
I'm seeing on other threads TlalocW Oct 2017 #1
There could be an exception PJMcK Oct 2017 #2
Correct DetroitLegalBeagle Oct 2017 #3
True. Thanks. bluepen Oct 2017 #5
Correct. Thank you. bluepen Oct 2017 #4

TlalocW

(15,324 posts)
1. I'm seeing on other threads
Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:14 AM
Oct 2017

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

TlalocW

PJMcK

(21,748 posts)
2. There could be an exception
Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:15 AM
Oct 2017

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.

DetroitLegalBeagle

(1,898 posts)
3. Correct
Mon Oct 30, 2017, 09:24 AM
Oct 2017

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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