Should Trump Pardon Himself?
Do you support or oppose Trump granting a self-pardon?
by Causes | 1.19.21
What's the story?
- As Donald Trump prepares to end his four years as president there is talk - including from the man himself - about a self-pardon.
- While Trump has mulled a self-pardon in the past, sources are saying discussions have been reignited following the 1/6/21 riots. The president's White House Counsel, Pat Cipollone, advised Trump that he could face legal jeopardy for encouraging his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol.
- In 2018 the president tweeted he had the "absolute right" to pardon himself.
Does the president have a Constitutional right to pardon himself?
- A Justice Department memorandum from 1974 asserted the president did not have the right to pardon themselves.
"Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself," Mary Lawton, former acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, wrote in the memorandum.
- However, Jonathan Turley, a legal scholar and law professor at George Washington University, told Fox News that while the Constitution should bar self-pardon, it does not.
“The language of Article II is quite explicit in giving the president a pardon power over federal offenses with the only exception related to impeachments. Donald Trump can certainly make a good-faith textual case for the right to self-pardon.”
What do you think?
Should Trump pardon himself? If so, for what crimes?
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