Former Top DHS Official Says Trump Offered Pardons To Officials To Break Laws
The Washington Post reports that a former top official at the Department of Homeland Security says President Trump offered pardons to senior aides if they had to break the law to implement his immigration policy.
- Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at DHS, made the claim “in a new advertisement designed to offer counter-messaging to the Republican National Convention.”
- The Post noted that Trump has repeatedly denied allegations that he offered the pardons to officials.
- But Taylor disputes the president’s denial: “It was April of 2019. We were down at the border, and the president said to the senior leadership of the Homeland Security Department behind the scenes we should not let anyone else into the United States. Even though he'd been told on repeated occasions that the way he wanted to do it was illegal, his response was to say, do it. If you get in trouble, I'll pardon you."
- Taylor said Trump told the staff that “the bins are full.”
“The president offered to pardon U.S. government officials for breaking the law to implement his immigration policy,” Taylor said in the new ad.
- The Post reported that “Other administration officials said the president’s offer caused a ruckus at the time even as the president denied the story, first reported by the New York Times.”
- Trump responded at the time: “Another Fake Story on @NBCNews that I offered Pardons to Homeland Securiy personnel in case they broke the law regarding illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Of course this is not true. Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day!”
Taylor “is among a chorus of loosely affiliated Republican critics who are trying to stop the president’s reelection,” The Post noted. Trump maintains he does not know the former official, but other officials have acknowledged that Taylor “was in a number of Oval Office meetings.”
“One of Taylor’s goals is to win over swing voters by telling in-the-room stories about the president, hoping that will be more effective than aggressive invective,” according to the report.