For President Donald Trump to start passing out pardons like they lollypops, there would have to be a very serious reason he would be willing to pay the political price. If the President resorts to something as fantastic as the idea, there would need to be a grave threat to our national security. If he started this to undo all the wrongs being done by the Special Counsel, it would be to provide for the common interest. Confused? You need to read this to understand.
As Written and Reported By Fritz Pettyjohn for the American Thinker:
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton appeared Monday night on the Lou Dobbs show on Fox Business, and he was a deadly serious man. He said the proper constitutional remedy to the Deep State assault on the presidency is a blanket use of the pardon power, beginning with retired Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn. Every potential legal target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller should also be pardoned. The president doesn’t have to fire anyone. He can simply take away legal jurisdiction through the exercise of his pardon power.
As the Supreme Court stated in 1866, in Ex parte Garland, the presidential pardon power is “unlimited.” “It extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission.” In other words, it may be pre-emptive. It’s not just after conviction, but before any criminal prosecution has even begun.
Most people think the pardon power is for acts of clemency: pardoning criminals who were wrongfully convicted or who have paid their debt to society. But its more important function is as a tool to serve the broader public interest.
This was the precedent set by President Washington in 1795 when he pardoned two leaders of the Whiskey Rebellion who had been condemned to death as traitors. President Jefferson used this power to pardon all those convicted under the blatantly unconstitutional Alien and Sedition Acts. President Ford pardoned Nixon not as an act of clemency, but to save the country from a prolonged national nightmare. Most recently, President Carter pardoned 200,000 young Americans who had evaded the draft during the Vietnam War. In these cases, the exercise of the pardon power was in the higher national interest, above strictly legal considerations.
The use of the pardon power is often highly unpopular and comes at a steep political cost. President Ford was roundly condemned for pardoning Nixon, and it cost him the presidency in the 1976 election. So it may be with President Trump, and he may well give up any hope of a second term if he uses this power…..
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