Pardons, executive orders, and legal jeopardy will dominate Trump's final days

Pardons, executive orders, and legal jeopardy will dominate Trump's final days


President Trump’s public schedule for the day after his supporters stormed the Capitol was pointedly terse.

“President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening,” said the guidance note from his press office. “He will make many calls and have many meetings.”

The White House has used a similar formulation for days, much to the irritation of insiders who complain it provides ammunition for haters who think the president does nothing but watch cable news all day. But those are the president’s wishes, and such is the pattern set for his remaining time in office.

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The administration was already hollowing out before Christmas as staffers found other jobs and accepted an election defeat that Trump denied, and the president’s public appearances dwindled as he fumed and plotted with a shrinking circle of advisers.

Now, he finds himself under fresh pressure after urging his supporters to march on Congress and refusing to condemn

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