CNN's Abby Phillip says Charles Kushner's pardon may very well be a precursor to large Trump Household pardons
It has always been assumed 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 like to grant preventative pardons to his children. According to CNN's Abby Phillip, Kushner's pardon could be a sign of the future.
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 would have gone through a normal process, or people who have been brought under the criminal justice system. Kate, I think one of the important things about what we are seeing is clearly that this is also a president who knows his pardon is running out only 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 21st, 2021, which we do know he won't be. "
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