Yes, President Trump was corrupt and malfeasant. But federal criminal proceedings against him would distract President Biden, give Trump a publicity bonanza, shroud key findings in investigative secrecy, and hand future corrupt presidents a dangerous weapon.
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The president would be well-advised not to issue any preemptive pardons, and a potential recipient well-advised not to accept one.
The ruling ends the legal saga of the former national security adviser who was accused of lying to the FBI about his interactions with Russian agents before Trump took office.
Right now, the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act may seem like a prudent idea. But the new bill would have dangerous ramifications for American politics moving forward.
The case against the constitutionality of self-pardons is strong. Beyond barring the president from pardoning himself, what else could Congress do?
Article II gives the president the “Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” There has long been speculation that President Trump may exercise this power to pardon some of the Russia investigation characters, including Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort,