US newspapers have reported that outgoing US President Donald Trump has decided not to grant a presidential pardon to himself or his family.
According to some legal experts, granting a pardon to the president would be unconstitutional, as it violates the principle that no one should be a judge in his or her case. However, according to other experts, a broad explanation for the exercise of the power of grace was given in the constitution, so a president who pardoned himself in a particular case would not violate it, the Telegraph Office writes.
As the index reported, the US House of Representatives voted last Wednesday to start an impeachment trial for accusing Donald Trump of inciting rebellion due to the Capitol blockade on January 6. The matter has now been brought up to the Senate. If the House of Lords condemns the president as well, he may be barred from running for president in 2024. To do so, however, at least seventeen Republican senators will have to vote to hold the outgoing president accountable.
In addition to several white collar criminals, for example, Florida physician, Salomon Melgen, who is currently serving a prison sentence after being found guilty of dozens of health fraud charges, is on the amnesty list, according to US news channel CNN. Trump is preparing to pardon many of his political allies. However, those involved in the Capitol siege will receive no mercy.
Fox News reported that actress Pamela Anderson asked the president to grant full mercy to Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks leak site.