Fox News host Sean Hannity urged U.S. President Donald Trump to issue presidential pardons for himself and his entire family during a segment on his high rated show Monday night.
Hannity claimed President-elect Joe Biden will never stop the “witch hunt” against Trump. “If that’s what they want to do — if Biden becomes president — I’d tell President Trump to pardon yourself and pardon your family,” Hannity argued.
Hannity also made this argument last week on his radio show, saying “The president out the door needs to pardon his whole family and himself.” Hannity continued, “I assume that the power of the pardon is absolute, and that he should be able to pardon anybody that he wants to.”
Hannity claimed that an op-ed written by Andrew Weissmann, a deputy to former special counsel Robert Mueller, arguing that Biden's attorney general should investigate Trump is evidence that the “witch hunt” against Trump will only end if he pardons himself.
Hannity, who was once dubbed Trump’s "shadow" chief of staff, is not the first in Trump’s inner-circle to make the case Trump should pardon himself. Last week, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz said Trump should pardon himself and others in his administration before leaving office to prevent the “radical left” from prosecuting them.
Gaetz later tweeted the clip of him making the comments, which Trump quickly retweeted on Wednesday.
The Panhandle Republican and close Trump ally said Tuesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that the president should protect his staff from what he thinks would be unjust prosecutions.
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Gaetz's comments came the same day a Morning Consult-Politico poll found a majority of Republicans, 54 percent, said they would vote for President Trump again in 2024.
Vice President Pence had 12 percent support, while the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. had 8 percent support in a theoritical Republican 2024 primary.
Some Democrats have called on the incoming Biden administration to investigate Trump and other members of his administration for possible crimes such as conspiring with the Russians during the 2016 campaign, illegal campaign contributions and obstruction of justice.
“President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn,” Gaetz said. “He should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey. He should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to.”
He then added that “the radical left (has) a blood lust that will only be quenched if they come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump administration with the policies and the vigor and the effectiveness that delivered for the American people.”
Gaetz, 38, was just reelected to a third term in his heavily Republican district.