Imagine a situation where a sitting president is so cavalier about the reach and discretion of executive pardons that the people investigating him must resort to a legal loophole in order to avoid the specter of him evading scrutiny.
That’s exactly what happened this week when New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, joined the Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russian officials.
You see, the power of the pardon only covers federal offenses; if charges are filed, or if someone is convicted under state law—in New York, or elsewhere—there isn’t a damn thing Trump can do about it.
Welcome to September 1st, 2017. It’s not a normal day.
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