One scenario that has been floated is that Trump is offered a full pardon for crimes he may have committed while in office, in exchange for a peaceful concession and departure from office. This of course would only apply to federal charges. It is a bit similar to the pardoning of Nixon, though of course Nixon resigned, rather than having been voted out. The idea was to save a lot of headaches and tax dollars for the country.
Is this is something that Trump has been angling for, given all the fuss he has been creating? Would it be a an option, in order to keep the country moving forward? Should it be an option?
I have a dislike for the pardon system in general, and in this case I think it would be akin to giving a toddler candy in order to stop him from throwing a fit.
No American president has been charged yet and plenty of crimes have happened in my life time. Same Australia's politicians. Get caught abusing power, usually for financial gain "Sorry, oversight. I'll pay some of it back". Rest of us get locked up for pulling stunts like that.
Regardless of Federal charges, he faces charges in NY, and the AG has already said she is waiting for him, tax fraud IIRC. The IRS is waiting to collect on $74M, banks will try to collect on $300M, and he has stiffed a number of cities who he owes money for political rallies. Glenn Kerschner, a former Justace Department lawyer, says a pardon by Pence may be considered collusion and voided. His empire must be crumbling.
I am sorry, but any idiot offering this should be tested for a brain. Trump will leave office on Jan 20, period. If the police have to go into the White House stun him and carry him out on a stretcher, it will be done. He does not get to stay because he wants to. Who the hell gives a shit what he says or does, he is out.
I think we should lie, tell him he can have the pardon, let him leave then after securing the office press charges anyway, you know, like he would.
This is why I will never run for office, my ideas are stupid.
I get it from my Grandfather who was a big advocate of taking all the 'bad' people and putting them in one place and blowing them up. For him there was no problem a liberal amount of explosives couldn't solve.
The main difference between us is that I know how stupid both our ideas are.
He is not required by law to concede with dignity, nor does he deserve any favors for doing so. If he doesn't leave voluntarily he will be carried out by law enforcement. The country will suffer the least damage if it is demonstrated that the law applies to everyone.