“Donald, King After All.”
In a formerly secret letter to the Office of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, counsel for the U.S. president argued that he, President Trump, had the inherent power to, if need be, pardon himself.
The argument is a stunning one, but it’s been coming since Election Day. Trump and his lawyers have ever essentially embraced the argument advanced by former president Richard Nixon who, in an interview with the late David Frost, argued when a president does it, it’s legal.
Watergate cast that idea into the trash can of history until now. Presidents, like kings, are above the law. In 1974, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Nixon, as in Richard Nixon, the president, that no one, not even the president of the United States, is above the law.
But King Donald the First heeds another law, the law of power, the law of privilege, the law of wealth. You think he or his lawyers give a fig about the Supreme Court? They serve King Donald, and he serves himself.
Imagine the scene: I, Donald Trump, hereby pardons Donald Trump, signed Donald Trump. We are in a madhouse, one of America’s own making. The King Donald Trump Show Live.
From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.