President Donald Trump has reportedly told his own officials that he will pardon them if they commit crimes in the process of seizing private property to build his long-promised border wall.
Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig on Wednesday told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that Trump’s comments about pardoning officials who break the law is a direct threat to the rule of law in the United States.
Sciutto began his interview by asking Honig whether the president telling someone in advance that he would pardon them if they committed crimes constituted obstruction of justice.
“It could be, Jim,” Honig replied. “My jaw hit the floor when I saw this. In a word, this is lawless. This is lawless for the president of the United States to say, ‘Go ahead and break the law and I’ll take care of you later.'”
Honig went on to say that, even though the Constitution grants the president broad powers to pardon people, it does not grant him the right to preemptively pardon them for something that they haven’t yet done. The reason for this, Honig argued, is that “you don’t want someone out there carte blanche to commit crimes at will — that is lawlessness.”
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NYC comptroller speaks after mother dies of COVID-19: ‘Donald Trump has my mom’s blood on his hands’
New York City comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday blamed President Donald Trump after his mother died from coronavirus complications.
"She believed in government and she raised us to believe in government," Stringer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "She's got a great story and I'm going to tell it for the rest of my life."
"I've got to tell you, Donald Trump has blood on his hands and he has my mom's blood on his hands," the NYC official added. "And he sent us that hospital [ship] that's right here in New York harbor and no one can get on that hospital, which is something that is just outrageous."
New York morgue adding shelves to refrigerator trucks to hold additional bodies: report
CNN's Miguel Marquez reported this week that a morgue in New York is scrambling to find places to store dead bodies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Marquez recently visited University Hospital of Brooklyn, where four patients with COVID-19 died in the 40 minutes he was there.
On Monday, Marquez told CNN's John Berman that the hospital's mortuary was taking extreme measures to hold the bodies.
"Right now, their morgue -- their regular morgue -- is overwhelmed," the CNN reporter explained. "They have two semi tractor trailer trucks. They are talking about added shelves to that. Because right now they have all of the bodies on the base of the truck."
Georgia Republican whines about media bias after CNN’s Sciutto busts his state’s governor for COVID-19 ignorance
CNN's Jim Sciutto on Monday grilled Georgia Lt. Gov. Jeff Duncan about Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's stunning ignorance about the coronavirus -- and Duncan responded by whining about the media being unfair.
Kemp last week said that he had just recently learned that it was possible to get infected by COVID-19 from people who had been infected with it but who showed no symptoms of the disease as they unwittingly spread it around to others.
Kemp's admission was shocking because medical professionals for weeks had been warning that asymptomatic people could spread the disease, and Sciutto asked Duncan why it had taken Kemp so long to realize the danger.