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‘My jaw hit the floor — this is lawless!’ CNN legal analyst stunned by Trump vows to pardon lawbreaking officials

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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.

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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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Rick Santorum: ‘I have no problem’ with John Bolton testifying after ‘this impeachment thing’ is over

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Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum asserted on Tuesday that former National Security Adviser John Bolton should wait until after President Donald Trump's impeachment trial ends to reveal what he knows about the president's scheme in Ukraine.

"The only thing I would question is sort of the timing of submitting the book for review," Santorum said during an appearance on CNN. "I mean, you're doing it at a time -- knowing the history of what goes on in this White House, that leaks are prevalent -- to submit this manuscript at this time, I think was bad judgement."

"I have no problem with John Bolton writing a book," he continued. "This is someone who deeply believes in his worldview and what is best for America and I think he felt compelled to write something about the state of foreign policy in America and where our country is going."

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‘The president’s lying — that should matter!’ CNN’s Berman unloads on GOP for blowing off Bolton revelations

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During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.

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GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official

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On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.

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