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Could Trump Pardon Himself?

"Rudy Shock" is how the Drudge Report headlines Mayor Giuliani's assertion that President Trump could pardon himself. To which we commend a reading of James Madison's notes on the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia. It turns out that when, in 1787, the Framers considered the pardon, they reckoned the president might, on occasion, be guilty. Yet they voted to leave the power to pardon offenses against the United States solely with him and unrestricted.This happened in the constitutional...