Article 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution gives presidents the right to pardon.
Former President Bill Clinton pardoned his brother before leaving office.
Governors are given similar powers in their states.
The president’s pardon power only pertains to federal crimes.
(NewsReady.com) – It seems as though President Donald Trump gets a lot of side-eye every time he decides to exercise his right to pardon. Most recently we saw it when he commuted the sentence of the former governor of Illinois. There’s even been chatter about how wrong it would be if he pardoned someone like Roger Stone, a man he respected for nearly his entire adult life.
What gets lost in the discussion, however, is that the president does not need anyone’s permission to give someone a second chance. And, he certainly shouldn’t have to explain himself. The Founding Fathers didn’t think so and the Constitution is proof of that.
Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution explicitly gives the president this right. It states:
“…he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”
It does not say President Trump can only “grant reprieves” if lawmakers, political pundits and America’s children all sign off. In fact, this right, granted to him by the Constitution, is almost limitless when it comes to federal crimes. The Supreme Court, in 1866, ruled the pardon power “extends to every offense known to the law.” There is even a debate about whether or not he could pardon himself if it ever came down to it.
Democrats and the media would have you believe that Trump’s pardons are out of the ordinary. As if no other president granted pardons for political reasons. That’s not true, of course. With every administration comes anger over pardons.
President Obama commuted the sentence of leaker Chelsea Manning and people were livid. Former Commander-in-Chief Bill Clinton raised eyebrows when he granted a pardon to his very own brother. Nobody is ever going to be happy all the time with the decisions the executive makes. The good news is: it doesn’t matter.
It’s All Good
If the president wakes up tomorrow and pardons 11 more people, that’s his prerogative. There’s already a guide set up for him to follow when it comes to this and he is doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing.
More importantly, we live in a country that believes in second chances. It’s important that we not allow partisan politics to ruin that.
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