Can Trump really pardon himself?

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • We asked legal experts about the limits of a president’s pardoning power. Subscribe to our channel! 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? is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +202

    The full extent of the presidential pardon's power has never been tested, but there's a clear boundary in the US Constitution: pardons can't be used to avoid impeachment. Watch to learn how the process to impeachment a president works:

  • juandeldiablo696
    juandeldiablo696  a years ago +234

    Just the fact we are having this discussion is troublesome

  • TheShadowParliament
    TheShadowParliament  a years ago +105

    The whole concept that a President can ''Pardon'' themselves sounds like what a king or dictator would say. Even Republicans say that it goes against what the country stands for and what the government can do with relation to people elected to work within it.

  • badabingmike
    badabingmike  a years ago +188

    If he burps loudly at the dinner table then yes.

  • The Bowser one
    The Bowser one  a years ago +172

    No. Nixon asked this and his lawyers told him no and to tred lightly . He resigned shortly after.

  • Mr.Darkness
    Mr.Darkness  a years ago +21

    Trump shoots Hillary
    “I Pardon Myself”
    I’m moving to Canada

  • Yes ImALEO
    Yes ImALEO  a years ago +184

    I can’t wait till we get past this period in time and how history will see these events and what people will say.

  • Erik Andreas Paulson
    Erik Andreas Paulson  a years ago +23

    Trump shouldn't get away with pardoning himself, but I wouldn't be surprised if he does.

  • Software Man
    Software Man  a years ago +656

    Me: I am such a sinner.
    Also Me: Jesus forgives you, my child.

  • BlueGraySkies
    BlueGraySkies  a years ago +7

    Ironic....he could save others but not himself.

  • Q Crew
    Q Crew  a years ago +7

    If trump pardons Cohen and Flynn there should be calls for impeachment

  • Van Hendrix
    Van Hendrix  a years ago +513

    Technically he can. But just because you can doesn't mean you should. Especially if it leads to impeachment

  • Sasori
    Sasori  a years ago +82

    He's totally taking advantage of our system

  • Tarquin Farquhar
    Tarquin Farquhar  a years ago +6

    Trump: "If I pardon myself it will be the YOOGEST pardon you've ever seen! It will be so YOOOGE you won't be able to see over it. It will be the BEST pardon there has ever been! People say so so it must be true"

  • Physionic
    Physionic  a years ago +254

    He said, “faithfully execute” and that’s enough for him to realize he’s not supposed to pardon himself? I doubt those two words translated to that in his, or many others’ heads.

  • Aeon
    Aeon  a years ago +46

    Ask not what he can but what he doesn’t know that he can’t.

  • Scott H
    Scott H  a years ago +12

    4:19 no, they think it's fine. The media STILL doesn't understand how brainwashed his base really is.

  • Our Founding Liars
    Our Founding Liars  a years ago +197

    Better question, can trump really clone himself? PARDON: Placing a Replica Donald on demand. Investigate trumps duplication technology. Keep asking questions.

  • Colombian Crepe
    Colombian Crepe  a years ago +4

    Let's be real. Republicans are trapped with Trump. Even if he does something that extreme they would still defend him. I can already hear Fox News' making excuses.

  • Felippe
    Felippe  a years ago +42

    I didn't do anything wrong, but if I did I could pardon myself.