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Fear of Justice: Can Trump Pardon Himself?

2020-11-30T16:00:51.815Z

If Donald Trump leaves office, his immunity will also end. The US president already has ideas on how to avoid the threatened legal proceedings. It is questionable whether the strategy will work.



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Above the law?

US President Trump

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CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERS

Outgoing US presidents actually spend their remaining term in office honing their historic legacies.

Not so Donald Trump: He's still raging and raging.

"The election was a fraud," he lied on Sunday in an almost hour-long tirade on the Fox News cable TV station.

A close adviser described Trump's last rebellion in the Washington Post as a scene from a Shakespearean drama: Like a “mad king”, the current president wandered through the White House and muttered to himself: “I won.

I have won.

I have won."

It doesn't change anything: Trump will leave office on January 20, 2021.

That doesn't just frighten him because he doesn't like to be seen as a loser.

But probably also because then his legal immunity as president ends - and he faces countless investigations and court proceedings.

Which is why he's already figuring out how to pull himself out of the loop.

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Unhappy celebration: This year's Christmas tree at the White House

Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

Last week Trump shared a tweet from the loyal Congressman Matt Gaetz, who suggested that Trump should "pardon" himself at the end.

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