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Rep. Ted Lieu On Trump Promising Officials Pardons To Break Law: That’ll Get ‘You Impeached’

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Rep. Ted Lieu On Trump Promising Officials Pardons To Break Law: That’ll Get ‘You Impeached’




Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu reminded President Trump on Friday that ordering administration officials “to violate the law and then say you will issue a pardon” is the “kind of stuff that can get you impeached.”

Lieu was responding to a CNN report that claims Trump promised the head of Customs and Border Protection that he would pardon him if he were sent to jail for violating immigration law.

Trump made the remark during his visit to the border at Calexico, California, a week ago, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported Friday.

According to the bombshell report, the president told border agents “to block asylum seekers from entering the US contrary to US law, the President also told the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, that if he were sent to jail as a result of blocking those migrants from entering the US, the President would grant him a pardon,” a senior administration officials told CNN.



Two officials briefed on the exchange say the President told McAleenan, since named the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, that he “would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying US entry to migrants,” as one of the officials paraphrased.

In response, Lieu tweeted: “Dear @realDonaldTrump: Dude, you can’t tell a federal employees to violate the law and then say you will issue a pardon. That’s the kind of stuff that can get you impeached. Also, why are you trying to eliminate pre-existing conditions health care coverage?”





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