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On Trump's desire to pardon rioters, Schiff says, "This is very important evidence, he's incriminating himself."

On Trump's desire to pardon the rioters, Schiff says, "This is very important evidence, he is incriminating himself :-

Donald Trump has stated that he wants to pardon anyone arrested during the January Inauguration Day riots, but Adam Schiff has warned that this would be crucial evidence against Trump, demonstrating his guilt in obstructing justice.

According to some sources, Trump is trying to deny the charges of elements of the people charged in a mass arrest on January 6 that led to a series of vandalism.

If failed President Trump grants pardons to those involved in criminal activity, he will be sending a clear message that criminal activity will be tolerated and encouraged. Trump also appears to be willing to obstruct justice by rewarding those who do so by granting them immunity from prosecution.

By firing James Comey after he threatened an investigation into Trump's campaign's ties to Russia, Trump has already established a precedent for obstructing justice. Instead of facing charges for crimes committed at rallies like the one on January 6th, Trump now wants to reward them.

If he hadn't been president before January 20th of last year, or if he hadn't been affiliated with any political party other than one that was out of power at the time, these acts could be considered treason; however, as of now, they only amount to obstruction of justice.

So, why is this important? 

  • According to Adam Schiff, there are a number of reasons why granting these pardons is a bad idea. For starters, President Trump can only grant pardons for federal offences, and no state charges have yet been filed.

  • Second, despite the fact that he wouldn't be able to do so legally, President Trump could use pardons as a bribe to keep participants from disclosing any wrongdoings (such as illicit campaign interactions). Third, in other cases of mass rioting in the United States' history (such as Baltimore), those who were involved were given light sentences even if they admitted their guilt.

  • Given this, it appears likely that if Trump is re-elected, all of the January 6th rioters will be treated similarly.

  • Because our country isn't in a state of emergency and the federal government hasn't been overthrown yet, Schiff and the Democrats' best bet is to press for a prosecution based on the evidence.

  • There has never been a president who has pardoned someone for a crime committed while in office, but there is no rule prohibiting it. President George H.W. Bush, for example, pardoned six White House officials who had been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about their role in a savings and loan scandal.

Congress position :-

  • And, just months after resigning over Watergate, Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon. However, in both cases, Congress chose not to pursue articles of impeachment against either former president because they did not want the proceedings – which would have been required by House rules – to drag on indefinitely, potentially leading to an official removal from office or prison time (and possible re-imprisonment).

  • The problem is that Trump must reclaim power because there is no law prohibiting him from pardoning the rioters. The best way to keep him in check and hold him accountable right now is to prosecute him.

  • Trump's remarks at last weekend's rally indicated that he intends to use pardons to sway and intimidate witnesses, according to Schiff.