It was always believed that Donald Trump’s pardons would be unlike any other in American history. And he did not disappoint. The president has pardoned war criminals, insider traders, politically filthy fraudsters and several people who pleaded guilty to indicting them.
But on Wednesday Trump gave a different type of pardon. The president fired Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner. It has long been rumored that Trump would want to grant preventative pardons to his children. According to CNN’s Abby Phillip, Kushner’s pardon could be a sign of things to come.
The reporter made the comments during an appearance on CNN Wednesday night. Hostess Kate Bolduan asked, “Abby, with Charles Kushner here, I think Trump might be checking the final box to pardon someone with family ties?”
Phillip replied, “I think we can say this is the case when you dip your toe in the water of family forgiveness. I think I think it definitely warms people up to the idea that the president is more than willing to forgive people just because they are personally connected to him. “
The reporter later continued:
“If you look at all of the pardons the president has given since his tenure as president, the vast majority of them have gone to political allies, people he is personally close to. And not people who have gone through a normal process or people who have been brought against them by the criminal justice system. Kate, I think one of the important things about what we are seeing here is clearly that this is also a president who knows his pardon power is running out. He only has a few days left to use it so he is using it in the most provocative way that tells you everything you need to know if he really believes he will become president on January 21, 2021, what we know he won’t be. “
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.