Washington Post columnist predicts Trump will resign 10 minutes before Pence so Pence can pardon him

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin is predicting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I will deliver State of the Union 'when the shutdown is over' Former NYPD commander claims Trump got special treatment for gun licenses Colbert starts petition for Cardi B to give State of the Union rebuttal MORE will make a last-ditch effort to avoid indictment as he leaves office.

Speaking on MSNBC’s "AM Joy" on Sunday, the frequent Trump critic said that she thinks the president will resign minutes before the end of his term.

“He risks being prosecuted after he leaves office,” she said. “I would predict here on MSNBC that when Trump leaves office he will resign the presidency 10 minutes before [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWill Democrats ever give Donald Trump a chance on border talks? Democrats want to ‘tear down that wall’ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg launches presidential exploratory committee MORE leaves office, allowing Pence to pardon him if there is not a Republican president to follow him.”

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Her comments came after a number of politicians and analysts predicted that Trump could be indicted after he leaves office, following a new court filing in which prosecutors indicated that Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal payments during the campaign.

"There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”

The many controversies surrounding Trump’s campaign have ignited debate over whether a sitting president can be indicted. Trump’s lawyers have claimed that a sitting president cannot be indicted, though legal scholars have pushed back on that claim.