Donald Trump will not pardon himself, but plans to issue over 100 pardons on final day of presidency
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Donald Trump will not pardon himself, but plans to issue over 100 pardons on final day of presidency

DONALD TRUMP is set to pardon over 100 of his friends and allies during the final few hours of his memorable presidency, though he won't be pardoning himself or any members of his family.

His term will officially end at noon on Wednesday, when Joe Biden is signed in and formally handed power.

Before then, Trump is expected to hand out dozens upon dozens of presidential pardons, eliminating any federal offences any of the pardonees may have committed.

It was speculated for a while that he might try and pardon himself, and reports indicate that Trump asked advisors about the political and legal ramifications of doing so, but both Fox News and CNN have both reported that this won't be happening.

As such, Trump will be avoiding unchartered waters of the US constitution, given that no president has ever attempted to pardon himself before, and the wording isn't particularly specific about whether he actually has the power to or not.

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The storming of the Capitol Building earlier this month is believed to have shaped Trump's thinking, after the incident - which lead to the deaths of five people, including one police officer - saw him become the first US president to be impeached twice.

Once Trump becomes a private citizen again, there will be a variety of legal pressures for him to face, including a potential investigation into his tax affairs.

As for his presidential send-off, Trump will be holding a rally-of-sorts at Joint Base Andrews, a military airfield in Maryland at around 8am local time.

And while Trump will be saying goodbye to his presidential duties, he won't be saying the same to his presidential responsibilities, with an unprecedented trial of impeachment in the Senate still to come.