Discussing the myriad of legal problems Donald Trump now faces after leaving office involuntarily, Chuck Rosenberg, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was asked on MSNBC about the reported "pocket pardon" the former president is rumored to have issued to himself before leaving office.
Speaking with host Jonathan Capehart, Rosenberg said that pardon -- should it exist -- is not the get out of jail free card that the ex-president may believe it is.
"I want to ask one more question because there's a possibility that I heard earlier on MSNBC this morning, the possibility of Donald Trump issuing himself sort of a pocket pardon -- a pardon that he granted himself in secret. One, is that something that a president can do, and, two is that even legal?' host Capehart asked.
"Yeah, so great question," Rosenberg replied. "The Constitution doesn't preclude a secret pardon. The Constitution doesn't require a written pardon. The Constitution's limits on pardons are only two: that it be for a federal offense and that it not be in cases of impeachment -- that's it, that's all the Constitution tells us about limitations on pardons."
"So could there be a secret or pocket pardon, Jonathan? Possibly, sure," he continued. "By the way, it would not protect him against any case brought by a state prosecutor. So we talked earlier about Georgia or the state of New York. Even if there was a pocket or secret pardon, it would not preclude charges by state officials."
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President Joe Biden intends to strike back against Russia for their cyberattack on the United States government, the New York Times reported. It might be the start of something with China as well.
According to the report, the response against Russia will take place in the next three weeks as the U.S. aims to "impose a steeper penalty on rivals who regularly exploit vulnerabilities in government and corporate defenses to spy, steal information and potentially damage critical components of the nation's infrastructure," the Times said.
John Oliver takes down Fox News for refusing to cover domestic terrorism over fake 'canceling' of Dr. Seuss
The last word on the Fox News Dr. Seuss nonsense came from John Oliver, who called out the right-wing for their fake conspiracy that the beloved children's book author was canceled. As Oliver explained, he wasn't, his estate decided not to publish six of his books anymore, which Oliver explained as an example of the free markets at work.
Oliver explained that the real reason that Fox News wanted to get people up in arms about Dr. Seuss was to avoid talking about domestic terrorism in the United States.
UK needs some American liberation: US viewers blast cruel royals after shocking Meghan and Harry interview
It was the interview that Americans couldn't take their eyes off. Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, revealed the truth behind their departure from the monarchy was due to Buckingham Palace's refusal to help protect the couple against a torrent of racist attacks that flooded them with death threats.
Meghan revealed that things were so bad at one point that as an expecting mother she was ready to harm herself or commit suicide. Harry explained that he would come home from working to find his sobbing wife breast feeding their baby after Archie was born. The couple begged the palace, which they called The Institution and "the Firm," for help even for mental health professionals but were denied.
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