Donald Trump again undermined the rule of law by telling the head of Customs and Border Patrol that he would pardon him if he’s ever convicted for blocking asylum seekers from crossing the border. It’s really hard to overstate how serious a violation of his oath of office this is or the kind of danger it presents to the country.
President Donald Trump told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan he would grant McAleenan a pardon if he were sent to jail for having border agents block asylum seekers from entering the US in defiance of US law, senior administration officials tell CNN…
The White House referred CNN to the Department of Homeland Security. A DHS spokesman told CNN, “At no time has the President indicated, asked, directed or pressured the Acting Secretary to do anything illegal. Nor would the Acting Secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law.”
Trump denies it, of course, but that is as good as a confession for him. This is nothing less than a president encouraging his underlines to violate the law and the rights of others. The president has pardon power but if he offers it in advance to promote illegal actions, that’s a clear violation of his oath of office. All by itself, it’s an impeachable offense.