VT: Simply put, Trump had to forego pardons for his family, for Madame Guilfoyle and for Cruz, Hawley and the treason gang in the House because the constitution denies pardons as a way of influencing an impeachment.
Problem is, several of his other pardons, Bannon in particular, involve those involved directly in the incidents tied to the impeachment indictment now heading to the senate.
Those pardons will be overturned.
Salon: Arizona Republican Reps. Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs reportedly asked former President Donald Trump for pardons relating to their involvement in the events leading up to the Jan. 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol. He turned them down.
On Tuesday, CNN reported that the two Arizonans were among a number of GOP lawmakers who sought clemency in Trump’s final days in connection to the rally in front of the White House that flowed into the deadly riot. The former president, who still faces an impeachment trial in the Senate for his own role in the insurrection, reportedly declined to grant the requests after a lengthy meeting with legal advisers over the weekend.
The concerns went beyond the elected officials who had promoted or attended the rally — including Gosar, Biggs and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama — and extended to conservatives who had helped organize and raise money for the event, CNN reported, including Trump’s oldest adult son Donald Trump Jr. and his significant other Kimberly Guilfoyle, both of whom addressed the crowd.
Trump issued 143 pardons in a late-night blitz on Tuesday, but the Arizona congressmen were not among them, and neither were any of the outgoing president’s family members. Ultimately, Trump did not pardon anyone associated with the rally or siege, likely because the Constitution limits the pardon power in cases related to impeachment. (After the attack, Trump had told the violent mob in a video statement, “We love you. You’re very special.”)
Itinerant right-wing blogger Ali Alexander, one of the key organizers and a driving force behind the nationwide “Stop the Steal” protests that led up to the rally, claimed in a number of since-deleted videos that he had collaborated ahead of the event with Gosar, Biggs and Brooks in an effort to put “max pressure on Congress.”
When the rioters breached the Capitol, lawmakers were debating the legitimacy of electoral votes from Gosar and Biggs’ home state of Arizona, a challenge endorsed by both congressmen, forcing members and staff.
Investigators have concluded that some of the attackers, inspired by unfounded accusations that Gosar, Biggs and Brooks had all parroted, had invaded the building with the intention of kidnapping and executing elected leaders, including former Vice President Mike Pence. read more