In the segment from his sit-down with “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker filmed Thursday, Trump hesitated to give her a straight answer when she asked him about the possibility. The first time she asked, he responded by insisting he could have preemptively pardoned himself before leaving office in 2021 but chose not to ― even though such a power was untested and questioned by legal scholars.
“Don’t ask me about what I would do,” Trump said. “I could have ― the last day, I could have had a pardon done. That would have saved me all of these lawyers and all of this these fake charges.”