Hugh Hewitt Advocates for Georgia Governor to Exercise Non-Existent Pardon Power on Trump and Co-Defendants

Radio talkshow host Hugh Hewitt suggests that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp should pardon Donald Trump and his co-defendants if Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis refuses to hand over control of the case to the state’s attorney general.

Regrettably, Hewitt’s plan hit a roadblock as the governor of Georgia lacks the power to grant pardons.

Trump and his co-defendants are currently standing trial for their attempts to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. Despite losing the state, Trump has persistently made unfounded allegations, falsely claiming that the election was rigged against him in Georgia and other states.

On Friday, Judge Scott McAfee issued Willis an ultimatum due to her romantic involvement with Nathan Wade, whom Willis had appointed to prosecute the high-profile case despite his lack of experience with felony cases. Additionally, Wade had billed over $700,000 to Fulton County and even paid for leisure trips taken by both him and Willis.

McAfee informed the District Attorney that either one of them needed to step down from the prosecution. In response, Wade made the decision to quit the team.

During an appearance on Friday’s Special Report on Fox News, Hewitt strongly criticized McAfee’s decision.

“I can’t read the judge’s mind, but I’ve definitely read his opinion,” he remarked. “To be honest, it doesn’t make much sense. He even acknowledges that there’s a sense of dishonesty surrounding the case.”

According to Hewitt, Willis should receive a second ultimatum, this time from Kemp.

“If I were Governor Brian Kemp, I would be genuinely concerned about upholding justice in Georgia. In order to address any doubts about the fairness of the legal process, I would present the district attorney with two options. She could either hand over the case to the state attorney general for prosecution, or I would consider granting pardons to all individuals involved. This decision is necessary because it is evident that this case has been rushed, and I am astounded by the judge’s final ruling.”

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In Georgia, the governor’s authority to grant clemency is limited, distinguishing it from four other states. Meanwhile, Christopher Carr, a Republican, serves as Georgia’s attorney general.

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