Discussion: Presidential Powers
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The first clause of Article II Section 2 of the Constitution provides: “The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” TAs you read, one of the powers of the President is to issue pardons. This means the president can issue a full pardon, reversing a criminal conviction (along with its legal effects) as if it never happened. A pardon can be issued from the time an offense is committed, and can even be issued after the full sentence has been served.
Until President Gerald Ford pardoned former president Richard Nixon for the Watergate scandal, most members of the public probably paid little attention to the president’s use of the clemency power. Ford’s highly controversial pardon of Nixon, however, ignited such a firestorm of protest that, fairly or unfairly, it may have cost him the presidency in 1976. Ever since, presidential pardons have been the subject of increased scrutiny and the focus of news media with a voracious appetite for scandal. The following monologue Trump Planning to issue 100 Pardons and Commutations (Links to an external site.) was is from The Late Night with Seth Myers show.
Should the President of the United States have the power to pardon individuals who have committed a crime? Give reasons that support your opinion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32zE677ZD-A&t=2s Discussion: Presidential Powers
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