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Trump’s Next Pardon Could Be Trump’s Business

Aug. 31, 2018, 11:16 AM

President Trump claimed he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself, but increased legal scrutiny of the Trump Organization might also lead him to provide that relief for his eponymous empire.

Pardon speculation intensified most recently after ex-campaign chair Paul Manafort and ex-lawyer Michael Cohen became felons Aug. 21. The latter’s guilty plea implicated both Trump and his business in campaign finance violations stemming from hush money payments to conceal Trump’s alleged extramarital affairs in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Now the business itself faces scrutiny in New York. Federal prosecutors there gave chief financial officer Allen...

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