White House counsel and Barr warned Trump not to self-pardon

White House counsel and Barr warned Trump not to pardon himself
Former Attorney General Bill Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone have warned President Trump not to pardon himself. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: The former Attorney General Bill Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone have warned President Trump that they do not believe he should pardon himself. CNN reported it citing multiple sources aware about it.

Barr conveyed this position to President Trump before resigning last month, sources say.

In recent weeks, Trump has raised the idea of pardoning himself, as well as members of his family, though it is not known if he has done so since Wednesday’s violent attack on the Capitol.

The US President has been heavily criticized for his role inciting the attack. Over the weekend, the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia said that top prosecutors will follow every lead of investigation they can to determine people’s roles in the attack, even if that involves scrutinizing government officials.

White House officials are also contemplating how the federal investigation into the violent attack by the pro-Trump supporters affects other pardons Trump has discussed, such as Rudy Giuliani, for his personal attorney, who called for “trial by combat” at Wednesday’s rally before the Capitol was stormed.

One person close to the White House said: “The situation in DC has raised issues within the White House even on the pardons.”

Additional pardons are expected before Trump leaves office next week.

Presidential pardon power is untested and sources say both Cipollone and Barr thought it would be a bad idea for Mr Trump to try to pardon himself.

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