Trump reportedly says he’ll pardon officials if they break the law to build his border wall

Conrad Duncan@theconradduncan
Wednesday 28 August 2019 11:15
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Donald Trump has reportedly told officials he will pardon them if they break the law to build his border wall.

The president is frustrated at the slow progress on one of his key policies ahead of the 2020 election, according to The Washington Post.

And his plan to speed up the building of the wall is reported to include disregarding environmental rules and seizing private land for construction.

When Trump’s aides expressed concerns that the plans were potentially illegal, the president reportedly told them, “Don’t worry, I’ll pardon you”.

It’s not entirely clear what counts as a “high crimes and misdemeanors” for impeachment as the term is left fairly ambiguous, but encouraging your staff to break the law would seem like a pretty straightforward case…

When asked for comment by The Post, a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Trump was joking about the pardons.

That's not a very reassuring response.

Meanwhile, Axios reported this week that no new sections of Trump’s wall have been built so far in his presidency.

Although more than 60 miles of existing barriers and fences have been replaced with new wall but there has been no extension of the border barriers.

“Replace the fence” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Build the wall”…

More: Trump is complaining his border wall is 'ugly' and needs more spikes

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