A federal pardon in the United States is the action of the President of the United States that completely sets aside the punishment for a federal crime. The authority to take such action is granted to the president by Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
Will Trump attempt to pardon a member of his family?
This will resolve positive if, before 21 January 2021, Trump uses the pardon power (under Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the constitution) for potential crimes committed by one of the following people.
- Melania Trump
- Donald Trump Jr.
- Ivanka Trump
- Eric Trump
- Tiffany Trump
- Jared Kushner
It will resolve positive even if these people are not charged with any crimes (such as when President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, who had not been charged with anything, over any possible crimes connected with the Watergate scandal). It will resolve positive even if courts ultimately rule that the pardon is not legal.