Monday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin addressed a claim by President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the president has the power to pardon himself.
“The media have determined that [Trump] can’t,” Levin said. “Now, they have no constitutional background, they can’t point to a single thing at the Constitutional Convention or any of the ratification conventions.” He went on to explain what the U.S. Constitution says and why the media are wrong.
“The power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment, is vested in the president,” Levin read from Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. That includes federal criminal acts or possible federal criminal acts, he explained. The Constitution does not say the president cannot pardon himself, and the subject never came up in the framer’s notes.
To claim that the president cannot pardon himself is “rewriting Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution,” Levin said.
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Quick lesson on Art. II, Sec. 2 of the Constitution.
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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