From The Atlantic:

“When you are pardoned for a federal offense, you no longer have a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, so now you can be called to testify,” said Paul Rosenzweig, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute who was a senior counsel in the investigation of President Bill Clinton. “In some ways, the pardoned person is actually in worse shape for Trump.”

Trump’s options are few, and almost all of them are Nixonian in character. He can attempt to fire Mueller, but given bureaucratic safeguards, that might not end his investigation. Justice Department guidelines prevent prosecution of a sitting president, but there is a small chance, Rozensweig said, that the famously independent Southern District office might not abide by them.

“The Southern District is known as the Sovereign District of New York for good reason,” said Rosenzweig, referring to a nickname used in legal circles. “It has long been the history of the New York offices, particularly the Southern District in Manhattan, but also the Eastern District in Brooklyn, that they go their own way, that they ignore policies they don’t think are wise.”

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