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Tue Jan 19, 2021, 11:19 AM Jan 2021

US presidential pardons: a potted history of a shabby convention

(Guardian UK) Donald Trump is hardly unique in his controversial use of presidential pardons, which have been a sometimes sordid feature of US politics for well over two centuries.

In his final hours in office, Trump is expected to pardon more than 100 people, including political allies, friends and cronies. He has already granted clemency to principal figures from his 2016 campaign.

In seeking to promote his self-interest, Trump is merely following in the footsteps of White House predecessors. Under article two of the US constitution, presidents enjoy broad and unchallengeable powers to pardon individuals for federal crimes. This right is “without limit”, the supreme court has ruled.

The exercise of this prerogative has long been a source of argument. In 1795 George Washington amnestied two men who had masterminded the Whiskey Rebellion against a federal tax on alcohol. In the 20th century, Gerald Ford pardoned a disgraced Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal. ............(more)


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US presidential pardons: a potted history of a shabby convention (Original Post) marmar Jan 2021 OP
Trump will be the first to grossly abuse the pardon pwb Jan 2021 #1
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