Breitbart’s Joel Pollak has an interesting political strategy for President Donald Trump to consider.
In a recent column, Pollak argued that President Trump has the option to “preemptively pardon” former President Barack Obama, and even former Vice President Joe Biden, for any crimes the two may have committed with regard to the Russian collusion hoax.
The case for a preemptive pardon
According to Pollak, preemptively pardoning Obama and Biden would be a step towards restoring public confidence in the American justice system.
“If the goal is to restore public confidence in the justice system, the only way is to wipe the slate clean,” Pollak wrote. “And the only way to do that would be for Trump to pardon Obama and Biden, preemptively, for the sake of national unity.”
That’s not all the pardon would do though, said Pollak.
“It would, of course, drive Obama, Biden, the Democrats, and the media crazy,” he explained. “Pardoning Obama and Biden would, by itself, imply that they had done something wrong — which is exactly why Trump might find it politically useful.”
Pollak’s article comes after a notable press conference that Attorney General William Barr gave this past Monday. There, Barr talked a bit about what is going on in the current investigation of the investigators that is being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
“The law enforcement and intelligence apparatus of this country were involved in advancing a false and utterly baseless Russian collusion narrative against the president,” said Barr.
The attorney general stopped short, however, of saying whether any crimes were committed in the process. That, as well as whether to hold such individuals accountable, said Barr, is something that Durham will determine.
Barr also said that he did not expect to see a criminal indictment of either Obama or Biden. “As for President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement based on what I know, I don’t expect Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man. Our concern of potential criminality is focused on others.”
What of it?
At the moment, we don’t really know what Barr and Durham have found in their investigation, and so it is difficult to say whether someone should or should not be held criminally responsible for something. But, if a crime has been committed by Obama or someone in his administration, it is going to be hard to convince many Republicans, who have sat through the attempted persecution of President Trump, that the wrongdoers shouldn’t be criminally pursued. And furthermore, if a crime has been committed, how would not holding that person responsible help restore confidence in the American justice system?
These are all valid points until one considers whether a top Obama official is really going to end up in prison — as Pollak writes, Obama and officials in his administration could just claim “national security.” For this reason, it might make sense for President Trump to make the political move suggested by Pollak — it could end up being a big win. But first things first — we need to see what Barr and Durham have actually found.