Donald Trump Discarded Self-Pardon Option: 'The Last Thing I Would Ever Do'
Benzinga · 09/15 12:09

Former President Donald Trump revealed he considered pardoning himself in his presidency’s final days, but ultimately decided against it. The statement was made amid ongoing legal battles, CNN reported

Trump said, "I could've pardoned myself. Do you know what? I was given an option to pardon myself."

Despite this, he dismissed the idea, stating, "The last thing I'd ever do is give myself a pardon."

While in office, Trump wasn’t charged with any crimes. However, post-presidency, he has been indicted four times, facing a total of 91 charges in four criminal cases across multiple jurisdictions.

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Trump, who is the current front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination, said it is "very unlikely" that he would pardon himself if he wins a second term in 2024.

The constitutionality of a presidential self-pardon remains untested and experts’ opinions differ. Presidential pardoning powers only cover federal crimes, thus Trump wouldn't be able to pardon himself for crimes in state cases.

Despite the charges against him, Trump maintains they are politically motivated and designed to hinder his reelection. He recently pleaded not guilty in the Georgia election interference case and vehemently denies wrongdoing in other cases.

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