Trump could 'erase' all cases against him as president, Laurence Tribe tells CNN

 August 5, 2023

Former President Donald Trump was hit with a third indictment last week, his second from Special Counsel Jack Smith.

With multiple upcoming trials and another possible indictment out of Georgia, most of the mainstream media are heavily focused on hypotheticals and what could happen down the road should Trump run a successful campaign and win the White House.

According to Breitbart, Harvard Law professor emeritus Laurence Tribe recently admitted on CNN that Trump, should he win the presidency, would have the power to "erase" all of the cases against him, even at the state level.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Tribe, "How big of a test, professor, is this for America’s judiciary and for the rule of law?"

The Harvard Law professor said it would be a "very important" test, but also warned that "the rule of law is subordinate to the rule of politics."

Tribe offered two different scenarios, in that Trump, should he win, can simply have his Attorney General dismiss the cases entirely and be done with them. He also suggested that if Trump doesn't win, another Republican president could offer him the same services.

"And even though the former president tried unsuccessfully to overturn the election, he might succeed this time in becoming president again or having someone else become president and then simply erase this trial,” Tribe said.

He added, "Simply appoint an attorney general who dismisses it all."

"So if Trump becomes president again, he can wipe out Fani Willis, he can wipe out Alvin Bragg, he can get rid of these state cases, he can get rid of this case," referring to charges that could soon be announced out of Georgia regarding his actions after the 2020 election.

Trump, who faces over 70 total charges, faces over 600 years in prison assuming max sentencing is decided, which is far from a likely scenario. But even if he does receive a sentence behind bars from one or more of the charges, many have said it would further propel him to a White House victory.

Others have also presented the scenario where if Trump wins the White House from prison, he would pardon himself on day one of his presidency.

Trump has used the constant stream of media attention to bolster his fundraising coffers.

Only time will tell if America enters a scenario where a president is in a position to wipe out cases against him or even pardon himself from prison, but these are certainly not normal times, either.