With less than two weeks left in office many are calling for the resignation of Donald Trump from the presidency. Others are calling for the invocation of the 25th amendment to force him out and house speaker Nancy Pelosi has even gone as far as saying that if none of the above happen, she will start another impeachment process.
Why go through all the trouble of pushing the president out when he only has days left anyway? Well, even with only days left, Trump still holds extraordinary power; the most important of which is his pardon power.
According to an inside source, Trump is already considering pardoning the rioters who invaded the country’s capitol building on Wednesday.
If though the disgraceful and vicious acts carried out by the rioters were borderline treason, the constitution gives the president the power to pardon them.
Article II of the Constitution, which lays out the powers of the executive branch, says the president “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”
Trump pardoning his supporters is a very serious matter as he would not be only pardoning rioters and looters but could end up pardoning murderers also.
Prosecutors in the US Attorney’s office plan to open a federal murder investigation into the death of Brian D. Sicknick, a US Capitol Police officer who died Thursday night from injuries sustained in the riot at the capitol. If charges are filed before January 20th, Trump could pardon the perpetrators.
Trump has already proven that he has no problem using his power of pardon, couple that with the fact that he has referred to his violent supporters as “great patriots” means no one should be surprised if he pardons any of his supporters that are charged before his departure from office.