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January, 2019;

Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) asked the Republican Bill Barr, "Do you believe a president could lawfully issue a pardon in exchange for the recipient’s promise to not incriminate him?"

Barr responded. "No," he told Leahy. "That would be a crime."

The former-and-future attorney general was responding at the time to a hypothetical scenario. What he didn't know at the time was, a year and a half later, Donald Trump would commute the sentence of a friend who remained silent in order to not incriminate the president.

Barr says Trump committed a crime,

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/old-bill-barr-quote...
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