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.

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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? is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    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:

  • aryan

     (Jan 16, 2019)

  • Reed Richards

     (Sep 20, 2018)

    Josh HiltonJosh Hilton - From the UK, comrade? Sure.

  • Software Man

     (Jun 26, 2018)

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

  • tart70

     (Sep 5, 2018)

    Audrey Dunham The ones in society which you may possibly live near with no lists of anything because they were not convicted of any crime outnumber the ones in jail or prison. They are able to be forgiven, however they are at the mercy of the victim and their family, whether it be through law legally, or without the law. Our system focuses on shaming and punishing people, despite the fact they may one day come back to society if they didn't have death or life. It is really sad when Europe with crimin...

  • Audrey Dunham

     (Sep 5, 2018)

    so forgive all the murderers and rapist in jail not only trump. Madness has taken over Americans.

  • Justin Y.

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    *Political comment*

  • bel pet

     (Nov 9, 2018)


  • DMC1

     (Oct 9, 2018)

    *political counterpoint*

  • Van Hendrix

     (Jun 26, 2018)

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

  • Haseena Shah

     (Sep 1, 2018)

    Michael Mansheim that’s right it also means there’s not real democracy in America it’s all fixed , votes are fixed , the rich get richer,they can lie blatantly and control the media ie Fox News

  • The Scooter

     (Aug 19, 2018)

    Van Hendrix No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.James Madison, The Federalist Papers

  • Alp Erol

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    damn...trump is even more corrupt than erdogan. good luck murricans

  • Jason Jones

     (Aug 23, 2018)


  • jlarrymore

     (Aug 15, 2018)

    Austin Luepkes WORD!!

  • juandeldiablo696

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    Just the fact we are having this discussion is troublesome

  • ihave35cents

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    i didnt see you on the battle field

  • juandeldiablo696

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    ihave35cents good for you and all you Russian friends

  • Physionic

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    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.

  • Bill Smith

     (Jul 3, 2018)

    Darth Iehovah17. Where again did you get your law degree?

  • badabingmike

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    If he burps loudly at the dinner table then yes.

  • Neptune

     (Jun 27, 2018)


  • Donald Trump

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    I don't burp, i fart.

  • Yes ImALEO

     (Jun 26, 2018)

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

  • moonlight is my city

     (Oct 10, 2018)


  • Guy Smiley

     (Jul 15, 2018)

    Josef Heilburger Well said! 👏 👏 👏 Unfortunately, Trumptards have become a cult! A cult of stupid, but a cult none the less. And with Fox news constantly lying and pushing conspiracy theories, it's easy to manipulate the more ignorant, uneducated, indoctrinated, superstitious, racist, hypocritical, weak minded people! Trump said it himself. He loves the uneducated, stupid people! They are SO easy to con! And that's exactly what he has done! Smfh

  • D. G.

     (Jun 26, 2018)

    Arizona here, screw Trump for pardoning that criminal Joe Arpaio

  • Brian Griffin

     (Aug 31, 2018)

    Deion Garcia thankfully he lost the primary

  • The Scooter

     (Aug 19, 2018)

    zarif Denied people their civil rights that's all, no big thing. Like hell it's not, that's a crime against humanity.