Lou Dobbs Says Trump Should 'Just Pardon Everybody' Involved in Russia Probe
As the Russia investigation continues to heat up and ensnares a growing number of Presiden Donald Trump's associates, Fox News host Lou Dobbs went on air Monday night and promoted an idea to end the probe altogether: pardon everybody.
Tom Fitton, the host of the conservative group Judicial Watch, went on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and proposed the idea, arguing that Trump and many of his aides have been treated unfairly by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team. The remarks came on the same day that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared in court attempting to block federal investigators from examining materials obtained last week during an FBI raid on his home and office.
"It all began with Mueller, as you point out, and the Justice Department refused to say no, and they went after Cohen with full force," Fitton told Dobbs. "Look, I think the president needs to seriously consider pardoning everybody caught up in this."
Dobbs jumped on the proposal immediately: "Well, there's an idea!"
"Pardon them all, and then maybe some people who get away with crimes they otherwise should not have gotten away with, but you know, I don't trust this Justice Department to investigate this fairly," Fitton said.
He later suggested Trump could start by pardoning former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who confessed to lying to the FBI.
"I think that you have got a terrific idea," said Dobbs. "Just pardon everybody, you know, just have a field day."
The Daily Beast recently reported that Trump "cherishes" Dobbs. Sometimes, the president puts him on speakerphone during Oval Office meetings so the host can offer his opinions, the report said.
Were Trump to attempt such a blanket pardon, there would likely be immediate blowback, even from the president's own party. There would certainly be calls for impeachment, and in many people's eyes, it would make Trump look even more guilty.
Dobbs and Fitton don't consider the fact that a blanket pardon would not only be a massive blow to the rule of law, but it would give critics of the president even more ammunition. Nor do they wonder whether it might be an exceedingly dangerous precedent to set to have a president use the pardon power in such a broad way during an investigation in which he is directly implicated.
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