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Trump Could Issue Pardons on Twitter

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By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 10:29 AM

President Donald Trump could easily issue pardons for family members, including by posting a message on his Twitter account, according to HuffPost.

Trump has suggested that he could put a stop to indictments that could result from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia ties. The process to issue pardons is controlled by the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney and can take years, but the president has wide constitutional authority to issue them, the website noted.

Samuel Morison, a former pardon attorney office lawyer told the HuffPost the pardon authority vets applications for pardons, but the office would be unlikely to vet Trump's family members if he decided to issue pardons for them, and the White House Counsel would handle that situation.

"If anybody like that who is closely related to Trump wants a pardon, I doubt very much they're going to bother filing a pardon application with the Office of the Pardon Attorney… I don't represent any of those people in a pardon matter, but if I did, I would tell them, 'Why would you do that? Just go straight to the White House,'" Morison said.

Former officials in the Pardon Attorney office said that the president could pardon members of his family before they are indicted, says Margaret Love, who was the U.S. pardon attorney from 1990 to 1997.

The White House could release a short statement and the form of that statement would not be an issue.

"Stick your head out the window, yell it out in the street," Love told the website.

HuffPost noted that while Trump could tweet a pardon, it might require more than one tweet. President Gerald Ford's letter pardoning former President Richard Nixon was 442 characters, more than the Twitter limit of 140 characters.

The president might face political backlash, but not legal repercussions. "You just have to stand up against the political storm that would result," said Love.

Presidents have pardoned family members before.

President Bill Clinton pardoned his half-brother Roger for selling cocaine to an undercover officer, HuffPost noted.

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