Sources have revealed Donald Trump will use his last day in the White House to issue around 100 pardons and commutations. Trump, who has already issued two waves of pardons in the past month, met advisers on Sunday to finalize a list of more than 100 pardons and commutations.
The actions are expected to include white-collar criminals and political allies, along with some reform-minded pardons, according to the reports.
An attention-grabbing name is, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a prominent eye doctor from Palm Beach who is in prison after being convicted on dozens of counts of health care fraud, is expected to be on the clemency list, CNN reported.
The source said the clemencies were expected to be issued on Trump’s last full day in office on Tuesday. Skipping the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Trump leaves on Wednesday morning to begin his post-presidency at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. His presidency ends at noon on Wednesday.
Can Trump pardon himself? Is it constitutional?
Trump wrote on Twitter in 2018 that he had the “absolute right” to pardon himself. Though a White House spokesman declined to comment on the possibility of a self-pardon.
The majority of the US is opposed to this. An ABC News/Washington Post poll found 68 percent of Americans are against Trump pardoning himself of any federal crimes he may be accused of.
Is it constitutional? there is no definitive answer to president’s self pardoning, the Constitution does not explicitly address this possibility beacuse No president has pardoned themselves before.
Many scholars have said a self-pardon would be unconstitutional because it violates the basic principle that nobody should be the judge in his or her own case.
Others have argued that a self-pardon is constitutional because the pardon power is very broadly worded in the Constitution. Historical texts made clear that the nation’s 18th-century founders discussed self-pardons, but opted not to include an explicit limitation on that power.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said so far Trump does not plan to pardon himself and also does not plan to issue preemptive pardons for members of his family.