'Impeachable bribery': Legal experts horrified by Trump's promise to pardon aides for breaking the law to build his wall
President Donald Trump in Kentucky. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Overnight The Washington Post published a bombshell report: President Donald Trump, in an effort to ensure his re-election, has been directing aides to break the law to get his border wall built. Trump has ordered White House aides to “fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts,” and “aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules,” according to the Post, so he can fulfill a campaign promise.

To make matters worse Trump “also has told worried subordinates that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly.”

Legal experts are weighing in n the news and they agree: Trump’s actions are illegal and impeachable.

The White House, in an effort to minimize the damage, has said the President was only joking when he told aides to break the law so he could cinch re-election.

Joking or not, Trump is “directing them to violate law,” as Georgetown Law Professor Marty Lederman notes:

Don Moynihan, a professor at Georgetown and visiting professor at Oxford notes that “Trump preemptively promising public employees a pardon makes clear that he knows what he asking them to do is illegal.”

Ryan Goodman, a Chaired Professor NYU Law and a former Special Counsel at the Dept.of Defense offers a one-word response: “Impeachable.”

Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College says this is “How the rule of law dies.”

Jonathan H. Adler, a law professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law looks back to America’s founding and adds:

Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe offers a two-word description: “impeachable bribery.”

Former Nixon Nixon White House Counsel John Dean gets very specific: “conspiracy to defraud the government and obstruct justice.”