Haley States She Would Pardon Trump If Convicted

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(TheRedWire.com) – During a recent town hall event hosted by Fox News in South Carolina, where she previously held the governorship, Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley expressed her willingness to grant a pardon to former President Trump, should he be convicted of federal offenses. This town hall took place in the lead-up to the South Carolina GOP primary.

Haley articulated her stance by emphasizing the importance of national unity and healing, suggesting that pardoning Trump would help the country overcome negativity and division. She explained, “The question of pardoning Trump transcends the debate over his innocence or guilt. If it reaches the point of a pardon, it implies a conviction has already been made. I am of the firm belief that for the sake of national reconciliation, a pardon for Donald Trump would be a constructive step forward.”

She further highlighted her concern for the country’s cohesion, stating, “The last thing our country needs is more divisiveness or the sight of a former president, especially one at such an advanced age, being incarcerated. It’s time for us to move past these contentious issues.”

Trump is currently embroiled in legal troubles, facing multiple criminal indictments, including two at the federal level, which are related to his actions post-2020 election and his handling of national security information. Despite these legal hurdles, he continues to lead within the Republican Party.

Haley’s remarks on the potential pardon echo the historical precedent set by President Ford’s pardon of Nixon post-Watergate, emphasizing a forward-looking approach to national issues. In a prior statement in January, Haley had indicated her openness to pardon Trump if he were found guilty, reiterating her belief in focusing on the country’s future rather than its past disputes.

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