Friday, March 1, 2019 | 2 a.m.
Proposition bets on sporting events have been placed in Las Vegas. I propose to the sport books a different kind of bet, with different odds.
My suggestion: From Nov. 15, 2020, to Jan. 15, 2021, no matter who wins the presidential election, how many pardons or sentence commutations will President Donald Trump issue? I think the lowest odds would be on 4: Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone. The highest odds would be on 1.
Of course, between now and Nov. 15, 2020, there could be many more people seeking Trump's intervention.
Another possible prop bet: Since there has never been a definitive answer as to whether a president can pardon himself, ifTrump loses the election, will he resign, thereby making Vice President Mike Pence the new president? And, for a Christmas present, will Pence pardon Trump and each member of the Trump family?