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No, Trump can’t pardon himself: What the Constitution and precedent say

No, Trump can’t pardon himself: What the Constitution and precedent say
President Trump is on a pardon rampage, which could well include pardoning himself. He probably doesn’t care that he lacks the authority to do so.

Constitution limits the pardon power in two ways: The president may not pardon in cases of impeachment and may only grant pardons for offenses against the United States.But the history of the pardon power and the overall context of the Constitution prevent him from exonerating himself as he leaves the Oval Office.The Founders adopted the pardon power from their British predecessors as a tool to quell conflict by granting clemency in exchange for civil obedience.He also probably doesn’t appreciate the constitutional context of the pardon power.

” And in subsequent cases, the court has indicated that the pardon power is not absolute, and a self-pardon would contradict and offend the text and intent of other constitutional provisions.No president in modern history has tested the presidential pardon’s limits like Trump.

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