With only 42 days remaining before President Donald Trump is no longer head of state, Russian state media has begun urging Vladimir Putin to grant Trump asylum in the country so that he can avoid prosecution in the United States, according to The Daily Beast.
The Russian show “60 Minutes” featured a segment recently with experts who noted that a self-pardon would likely not do Trump any good:
“Experts in the studio enthusiastically discussed the likelihood of Trump being charged with a bevy of offenses from tax evasion to fraud and sexual assault. They concurred that Trump’s presidential pardon would not help him in state cases, unlike the recently advanced constitutional amendment in Russia that secured lifetime immunity from criminal prosecution for the country’s former presidents.”
Trump is indeed facing legal jeopardy on various fronts. In New York alone, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Attorney General Tish James both indicating that they’re prepared to indict the president just as soon as he is no longer in office.
Russian TV also featured a segment with Igor Korotchenko, a member of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Public Council, who said Trump’s legal problems were reminiscent of “the Stalinist repressions of 1937.”
Additionally, there are even Russian leaders who are giving Trump recommendations for how he can further weaken the United States in the weeks he has left as president:
“Notorious politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who previously suggested that Putin should milk Trump like a cow before he is forced to leave office, enumerated actions he hoped Trump would undertake prior to his departure: recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, leave NATO, withdraw U.S. troops from every place they’re stationed worldwide, arrest disloyal U.S. state governors, refuse to recognize the outcome of the elections, force all states to conduct mandatory recounts, and induce Attorney General Bill Barr to pursue any actions that would benefit Trump.”
Will Trump try to do the bidding of the Russians yet again? We’ll find out over the next 42 days.
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