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In a Wednesday Twitter thread, CBS News election law expert and contributor David Becker argued that Vice President Mike Pence would not likely offer a pardon for Donald Trump if presented with the opportunity to do so.

According to Becker, experts like himself believe that it’s unlikely that courts would sustain a self-pardon.

He pointed to the Department of Justice guidance and what is known about pardon power to support his claim. Without this option, the election law expert turned to the possibility that Trump would resign and seek out a presidential pardon from Pence.

“However, given their relationship, that’s unlikely as well, and furthermore, if a pardon is part of a crime in itself (bribery, obstruction, conspiracy, or other criminal activity), the grant of such a pardon would be subject to criminal liability for that act,” he wrote.

“As unlikely as Trump resigning due to his incitement of insurrection, among other illegal acts, it’s perhaps even more unlikely that VP Pence, who has acted recently with notable recognition of his legal duty, would potentially incriminate himself with a pardon of Trump.”

For weeks there has been speculation over whether Trump will seek a pardon from Pence. As The Inquisitr reported, columnist Brent Budowsky predicted that Trump would use the lame-duck phase of his presidency to pardon allies and family members before stepping down and having Pence pardon him. The writer noted that Trump might have to devote significant time to legal battles over the coming years and argued that a pardon would remove the burden of federal cases.

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According to CBS News, senior White Hosue officials connected to Pence, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, and chief of staff Mark Meadows have claimed that Trump will not resign or ask Pence for a pardon. The publication suggested the president does, however, continue to ask about his ability to offer himself a self-pardon, which has no legal precedent in American history.

“The president worries about his legal exposure post-presidency, but not necessarily related to the assault on the Capitol,” the publication wrote.

In addition, The Hill reported that Pence’s relationship with Trump has taken a turn for the worse. The news outlet noted that Trump was upset that Pence did not break the law and refuse to reject Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory. According to the publication, the pair spoke on Monday for the first time since the Capitol riots that led to threats on Pence’s life. Notably, Capitol protestors were allegedly urged to hunt down the vice president amid the chaos at the historic American building.

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Yankees News/Rumors: Brett Gardner likely to return, Adam Ottavino could be traded

Yankees News/Rumors: Brett Gardner likely to return, Adam Ottavino could be traded

  • By: Alexander Wilson
  • January 18, 2021

The New York Yankees have made a number of significant moves over the past few days, but don’t expect them to slow down now. General manager Brian Cashman is making his presence known at the perfect time, as the free-agent market begins to heat up after COVID-19 undoubtedly took its toll on team financials and set back the hot stove month several weeks.

The Yankees have since retained DJ LeMahieu and signed former Cy Young pitcher Corey Kluber. However, the rumors continue to swirl, and the Yankees could look to retain one more familiar face and open up some salary space with a potential trade.

One player that has waited patiently this free agency period is Brett Gardner, who has spent his entire career with the Yankees since 2008.

Gardner stated during the regular season in 2020 that he wanted to return for one more year so his kids could see him play in person, one last time. It seems like he will have his wish granted by Cashman, but the two sides are still negotiating, and there is optimism a deal will get done for 2021.

Buster Olney of ESPN stated that the Yankees want to bring back Gardner for hid 14th season:

Now that the Yankees have spent on LeMahieu and Corey Kluber, they would like to add pitching depth — maybe a third-tier starter, maybe a reliever — and they would like to bring back Brett Gardner for his 14th season with the team. But if the Yankees are to remain under the $210 million threshold of the competitive balance tax, they don’t have much room. One way they might create some space is exploring a trade of reliever Adam Ottavino, who struggled in the shortened 60-game season. Ottavino, 35, had a 5.89 ERA in 24 appearances in ’20 and is set to make $9 million; presumably, with so many right-handed free agents available, the Yankees would have to eat a chunk of Ottavino’s salary to make a deal.

It is important to note that the Yankees don’t have a ton of monetary flexibility available, with about $10 million more left to spend in free agency if they want to stay beneath the $210 million luxury tax threshold.

Cashman previously rejected the club option for Gardner this upcoming season, which would’ve counted $10 million. They had to buy out Gardy at $2.5 million, so he will have to settle for a minimal deal if he wants to return to the Yankees next season. However, I am under the assumption that he will make the sacrifice just to play one more year in front of his family.

To open up more flexibility, though, the Yankees could consider trading Adam Ottavino, who struggled significantly in 2020. As Buster Olney states, his struggles make him a liability and considering his AAV, they could save a bit of cash from parting ways. In 2021, Otto is scheduled to earn $9 million in adjusted salary. That would open up plenty of money to go out and find a more consistent relief pitcher who can offer some fresh blood in the bullpen.

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