Gallego added that a pardon could help “placate his xenophobic, racist base” and predicted that the move would be used to “set the standard for pardons” to make it easier for him to pardon anyone charged in the special counsel investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s eldest son, has been the subject of scrutiny after reports emerged that he met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign.

“He’s going to want to pardon his sons at some point or another,” Gallego said.