CNN’s Rodgers: If Trump’s Offering Pardons It Could Be Obstruction of Justice and Quid Pro Quo Bribery
RODGERS: "Well, you’re right, it’s not uncommon to kind of look for all of your options, right? But if the President — and this is bigger picture, it’s not just Cohen we’re talking about, Manafort, Flynn, other people who were at risk with cooperating with the President. If he is offering pardons to people, that could be two things. It could be obstruction of justice, right, because you’re trying to convince a potential witness against you not to become a witness against you. And it could be quid pro quo bribery. So we’re talking about two separate criminal problems the President could find himself in. And remember, Bill Barr, the new A.G. who is a staunch defender of the President, says he can’t be convicted of obstruction of justice for firing the FBI director, did say that he could be on the hook for obstruction if he was offering pardons in exchange for the person not testifying."