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DONALD may try to pardon himself in the last few days of his Presidency in a "dangerous" move for US democracy, a UK-based expert has warned, adding: "What has he got to lose?"

PUBLISHED: 20:18, Sat, Jan 9, 2021 | UPDATED: 00:29, Sun, Jan 10, 2021

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And Dr Richard Johnson, a lecturer in US Politics and Policy at Queen Mary University of London, said there was nothing to stop Mr from issuing a general pardon to everyone who took part in the assault on the Capitol on Tuesday either. Mr is facing mounting criticism over accusations that he actively incited the rioters with a speech at a rally in which he urged them to march along Pennsylvania Avenue to the complex which contains both the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Afterwards, thousands of his supporters did precisely that, with five people including one police officer killed in the ensuing mayhem, as hundreds of them smashed their way into the building.

Mr eventually uploaded a video to Twitter - from which his account has since been permanently suspended - in which he encouraged them to go home.

However, he also declared: "We love you, you're very special”, while repeating his baseless claims of voter fraud in relation to his loss to Joe Biden in November’s Presidential election.

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Dr Johnson said Mr ’s determination to push the norms of the Presidential office to their limit were clearly pointing in one specific direction - that of ensuring he could not be held accountable once he leaves the White House at 12.01pm on January 20.

Donald TrumpDonald , whose supporters erected a gallows outside the Capitol on Tuesday (Image: GETTY)

Capitol riot Donald TrumpCapitol riot: A gas-mask wearing Donald supporter during the assault (Image: PA)

House of Representatives majority leader Nancy Pelosi is pushing the idea of using the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution, which provides a mechanism for removing a President from office if he or she is deemed incapable of doing the job, and has also introduced an article of impeachment.

Dr Johnson said: “I think the invocation of the 25th Amendment is unlikely. For that you need a majority of the Cabinet that Donald has appointed.

“We have had the resignation of a couple of people recently and I think that actually makes it less likely that the remaining people are going to remove him. And Mike Pence would have to be supportive as well and I don’t think he would be.

“On impeachment, I think it is possible, maybe probable, that the House of Representatives would vote on articles of impeachment against him but that is as far as I think it will go.”

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The Senate is in Republican hands until the votes from the Georgia run-off election were certified on January 22, two days after Mr Biden’s inauguration, Dr Johnson explained, and it seemed unlikely current Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell would facilitate an impeachment trial.

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Uncertainty continues to swirl around Mr , with Mrs Pelosi admitting she had spoken to US military commanders to ensure they had plans to intervene to prevent him from launching nuclear weapons for example.

There have also been suggestions Mr could opt to start a war, possibly with Iran, but Dr Johnson said he was sceptical.

He said: “He is Commander in Chief and that

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