Nikki Haley Says She Will Pardon Trump if He is Found Guilty

Despite the fact that former president Donald Trump is facing numerous criminal charges, two of his biggest Republican rivals, Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, have publicly stated that they would pardon his alleged crimes if they were to be elected.

Trump’s legal battles

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Trump is currently battling 40 federal charges over his alleged mishandling of classified documents, taken with him after leaving office. The FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and found around 100 documents that were marked as classified.

Election interference

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Trump is also facing charges for his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, an investigation that was sparked by a leaked phone call recording of the former president and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he is said to have pressured the official to find extra votes for him.

Ballot woes

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In addition to this, Trump has been removed from the primary ballots in two states, with more to possibly follow, after courts declared him ineligible for office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment—an insurrection clause—triggered by the former president’s encouragement of the Jan. 6 riot.

Hush money scandal

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Finally, Trump is facing further penalties in New York due to having his former lawyer allegedly pay adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money to conceal an affair and then falsifying business records to cover it up.

Unwavering support

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Despite Trump’s long list of legal troubles, his Republican rivals have continued to say that they would pardon him if elected president, in what may be a potential bid to get MAGA supporters on board.

The nation’s interest

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Nikki Haley, at a New Hampshire campaign event, said to the audience, “I would pardon Trump if he is found guilty. A leader needs to think about what’s in the best interest of the country. What’s in the best interest of the country is not to have an 80-year-old man sitting in jail, that continues to divide our country.”

Pardon pledge

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Haley, who in a recent CBS News poll received 29% of voter support in New Hampshire, second only to Trump, went on to say, “What’s in the best interest of the country would be to pardon him so that we can move on as a country and no longer talk about him.”

No backing down

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Shortly after, at a campaign event in Iowa, Ron DeSantis reaffirmed that he would issue a pardon for Trump if he were to be elected. When reporters asked him if he would specifically pardon the former president, he responded, “Yeah, I said that months ago.”

Forget the past

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At the same event, DeSantis echoed Haley’s statement, telling reporters, “I think we got to move on as a country and, you know, like Ford did to Nixon, because the divisions are just not in the country’s interest.”

No answer is an answer

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Not everyone was feeling as forgiving. President Biden was recently filmed as he boarded a flight on Marine One, when reporters asked if he’d heard what DeSantis had said about pardoning Trump. Biden simply chuckled in response.

Christie’s opposition

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Another of Trump’s GOP rivals, Chris Christie, was also against Trump being pardoned. He told crowds in New Hampshire that a pardon would prove that the country had two different systems of justice, “One for all of us and one for the most powerful.”

Authority at play

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Theoretically, if Trump were to be re-elected as president later this year, he would be able to pardon himself and utilize the US Department of Justice to drop all charges against him. Trump has also stated that he would be issuing pardons for those convicted for the Jan 6. Capitol riot.

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