Quantcast
Connect with us

GOP judiciary senator asks Supreme Court to give Trump pardon power that could blow up Mueller probe

Published

on

A Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to give President Donald Trump even broader authority to issue pardons — which could have a dramatic impact on the Russia investigation.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has filed a 44-page amicus brief in the Gamble v. United States case that would consider whether to end a 150-year-old exception to the Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause, reported The Atlantic.

ADVERTISEMENT

The dual-sovereignty doctrine allows state and federal courts to prosecute the same person for the same criminal offense — which may be the only thing standing in the way of Trump pardoning Paul Manafort and other associates in the special counsel probe.

Hatch filed the brief Sept. 11, arguing that the exception should be overturned.

“The extensive federalization of criminal law has rendered ineffective the federalist underpinnings of the dual sovereignty doctrine,” Hatch argues. “And its persistence impairs full realization of the Double Jeopardy Clause’s liberty protections.”

The U.S. Constitution grants presidents broad authority to pardon federal, but not state, crimes.

Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, pleaded guilty earlier this month in the special counsel probe, and Robert Mueller has threatened to send some of those charges to state court if he fails to comply with the terms of a cooperation agreement with investigators.

ADVERTISEMENT

If the dual-sovereignty doctrine were overturned, as Hatch has asked, a Trump pardon would protect Manafort from prosecution in New York and elsewhere, and he would be essentially freed from his obligation to testify against his associates.

“If Hatch gets his way,” said Elie Honig, a former assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, “a federal pardon would essentially block a subsequent state-level prosecution.”

A spokesman for Hatch denies his interest in Gamble — which involves a convicted robber later charged with a firearm violation — was related to the Mueller probe.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh could be sitting on the court by the time the case is heard later in this Supreme Court term, which opens Oct. 1.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis

Published

on

According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.

The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

Published

on

At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

Published

on

During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

Continue Reading
 
 
close-image