Can Trump Pardon Himself?

Reply Tue 22 Dec, 2020 09:52 pm
vikorr wrote:
I think the obvious outcome of Trump pardoning himself for any and all crimes he may have committed against the United States would carry a very obvious outcome, and implictation - all subsequent presidents would similarly pardon themselves at the end of their presidency.
That could lead down rather dangerous roads, as each subsequent president tries to get away with more and more.
At the end of that road, if it goes that far, is a dictatorship.

There won't be a dictatorship. The President will never have the ability to unilaterally change the law.

The President also relies on Congress to appropriate funds. Perhaps he can redirect them once they are appropriated, but if Congress refuses to appropriate funds to begin with, then the President has no money to spend.

And ultimately Congress will always have the ability to impeach and remove presidents that they find truly unacceptable.
Reply Tue 22 Dec, 2020 11:10 pm
If you say so. History shows any number of Presidents that have eitherwise:
- subverted
- ignored
- been above the law
- been the law
- etc

No country is above been overthrown if they become corrupt enough.
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2020 01:14 am
Trump can pardon himself just like the rest of us can pardon ourselves. What Trump cant do is brainwash everyone. Thankfully.
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