ARE THERE LIMITS ON Trump'S PARDON POWER?
The pardon power, which comes from the U.S. Constitution, is one of the broadest available to a president. The nation's founders saw the pardon power as a way to show mercy and serve the public good.
While pardons are typically given to people who have been prosecuted, pardons can cover conduct that has not yet resulted in legal proceedings.
A pardon is not reviewable by other branches of government and the president does not have to give a reason for issuing one.
A pardon wipes out a criminal conviction. A different form of executive clemency, known as a commutation, leaves the conviction intact but wipes out the punishment.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Trump's pardon of his former national security adviser General Michael Flynn set off a flurry of speculations of who could be next
But the pardon power is not absolute. Crucially, a pardon only applies to federal crimes. That means pardons would not, for example, protect Trump associates from the criminal investigation being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a state prosecutor.
Vance's probe, which began more than two years ago, stemmed from hush money payments that the president´s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen paid before the 2016 election to two women - an adult-film star and a former Playboy model - who said they had sexual encounters with Trump. Trump has denied the encounters and has said the probe is politically motivated.
The district attorney has suggested in court filings that the probe is now broader and could focus on potential bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records. It is unclear what stage the investigation is at. No one has been charged with criminal wrongdoing.
COULD Trump PARDON HIS FAMILY MEMBERS?
Yes. It is legal for Trump to pardon his inner circle, including members of his family.
There is speculation he could pardon Charles Kushner, his son-in-law Jared Kushner's father, who was prosecuted more than a decade ago by then-US Attorney Chris Christie.
There is speculation Trump could pardon Charles Kushner, his son-in-law Jared Kushner's father, above Josh Kushner, Charles Kushner and Jared Kushner at a party in New York in 2014Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
But President Trump can't issue pardons for state investigations - only federal. There is speculation the Justice Department - under President Joe Biden - could go after Trump and his family over their business dealings and their taxes.
Biden told NBC's Lester Holt he would not push his own Justice Department to go after Trump, with