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Kev Agent of The Shadow

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Subj: Re: My understanding is yes.
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 at 11:55:50 am EST (Viewed 163 times)
Reply Subj: Re: My understanding is yes.
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 at 08:38:14 am EST (Viewed 186 times)

    It is an odd issue just on technical reasons. Seems that somebody should at least be charged with something and found guilty first. If they have not than what are you pardoning them about.

    You are correct that there are not clear restrictions on it though. That said, it should be Congress's job to step in if he is just using the power to protect people for political reasons.

I thought it was odd as well,did a little research, and apparently he's got it right. It's referred to as the "Nixon Pardon" after Ford pardoned Nixon without any conviction, to put the whole Watergate thing behind us. There is a proviso in the Constitution to prevent pardons in the act of impeachment...

It reminds me of the scene in the Three Musketeers when D'Artagnan gets a hold of Richelieu's blanket pardon that says "The bearer has done, what he has done for the good of the Crown".

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