Breitbart editor notes that a victorious Trump could pardon himself from jail

August 3, 2023

Special Counsel Jack Smith indicted Donald Trump this week on four charges relating to the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, leading one report to suggest that the former president could be held without bail.

Yet as Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel B. Pollak recently pointed out, there would be nothing to stop a victorious Trump from pardoning himself in jail. 

Trump could take oath of office from a jail cell

Pollak made that observation during a radio interview on Wednesday morning with "Breitbart News Daily" host Mike Slater.

While Slater characterized the scenario as being a left-wing "fever dream," Pollak argued that it is within the realm of possibility given how other January 6 defendants have been treated.

However, he stressed that being incarcerated would not bar Trump from being elected next year or assuming the presidency.

"There’s a distinct possibility that … you could see a scene where Trump is in jail, or in prison, wins the election, the Chief Justice goes to the prison, administers the oath of office, Trump pardons himself, and leaves," Pollak said.

Bill Barr supports latest indictment

Trump's indictment includes one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, one count of obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and one count of conspiracy against rights.

Interestingly, it is not just Democrats who have expressed support for Trump's latest charges, as his former Attorney General Bill Barr has done so as well.

Barr said during an interview with CNN that the behavior Trump is alleged to have engaged in was "nauseating" and "despicable."

"We’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg on this. I think there is a lot more to come, and I think they have a lot more evidence as to President Trump’s state of mind," Barr predicted.

"As the indictment says, they are not attacking his First Amendment right. He can say whatever he wants, he can even lie. He can even tell people that the election was stolen when he knew better. But that does not protect you from entering into a conspiracy," he insisted.

Alan Dershowitz says Barr is "dead wrong"

However, attorney and longtime Democrat Alan Dershowitz pushed back on Barr's assessment during an interview of his own with Fox News Brian Kilmeade.

"I like Bill Barr. He's a good man, but I think he's just dead wrong about that. Of course, this is a free speech case," Dershowitz declared.

"Everything involves his exercise of free speech and not only First Amendment free speech, but also the First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances," he added.

" A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature."
Thomas Jefferson
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