Haley Says She Would Not Preemptively Pardon Trump

GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley said on Jan. 18 that she would not preemptively pardon former President Donald Trump.

During a town hall at New England College in New Hampshire–five days before the first-in-the-nation primary–Jake Tapper of CNN, serving as moderator, asked the former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations if she would, as president, pardon President Trump if his legal cases were still ongoing.

Mr. Tapper noted that President Gerald Ford preemptively pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon, who had not been charged with a crime but resigned from office due to the Watergate scandal.

“No. I think everything needs to play out. I think it’s important that that happens. And I honestly think President Trump would want that to happen. If he wants to defend himself and prove that he has been treated, you know, the wrong way, or whether it’s political, I think he would want to fight for that,” she said.

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