NBC and Kristen Welker are not expected to air a new interview with former President Donald Trump until Sunday, but a preview of the conversation provides insight into the scope of the conversation. An early preview of the conversation finds Donald Trump discussing the possibility of pardoning himself if he’s convicted of a crime and elected President over the next year and change. In short, the former reality show host says it’s “very unlikely” that he’d pardon himself.
“I could have pardoned myself. Do you know what? I was given an option to pardon myself. I could have pardoned myself when I left,” he told Welker, according to The Hill.
“I was told by some people that these are sick lunatics that I’m dealing with…Give yourself a pardon, your life will be a lot easier.’ I said I would never give myself a pardon.”
The New York-born socialite has been charged with attempting to overturn the results of the most recent presidential election in both Georgia and Washington, D.C. Additionally, he is working toward a settlement with E. Jean Carroll in a defamation lawsuit. Not to be forgotten, he is being prosecuted for allegedly sending hush money payments to Stormy Daniels in New York. With the exception of the defamation lawsuit, each of Trump’s impending legal cases is expected to move toward trial within the next 18 months.
“Well, I think it’s very unlikely,” Trump added when asked if he’d pardon himself.
“What, what did I do wrong? I didn’t do anything wrong. You mean because I challenge an election, they want to put me in jail?”