Can Trump really pardon himself?
- Published on: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
- We asked legal experts about the limits of a president’s pardoning power.
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Take a look at the US Constitution and you’ll find that the president has fairly broad power to pardon individuals accused, charged or convicted of crimes against the federal government.
President Trump’s use of pardons early in his presidency, some believe, sends signals to his allies that Trump is willing to pardon them if they’re convicted of a crime in one of the several investigations surrounding the 2016 elections. The president has also repeatedly claimed that he could even pardon himself.
So what are the checks to a US president’s pardoning power and what does the Constitution have to say about this sort of self-serving pardoning?
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