“Except in cases of impeachment.”

The Pardon Power

Article 2 section 2 clause one could not be more clear, if you are an impeached president, you cannot grant clemency or pardons in any cases, including your own or for your self, that emerge out of the impeachment it is the only exception to the pardon power.

Because Donald Trump was impeached, I do not believe he can pardon himself under the only exception to impeachment. Furthermore there were cases that arose out of his impeachment and I believe that he cannot grant reprieves or pardons in those cases either. Note that the language of Article 2 Section 2 Clause 1 says CASES (plural), therefore it is not just his (CASE )singular, but any CASES that are the result of his impeachment (ie. Manafort and Stone) these cases are the only exceptions to the pardon power. In fact, he cannot let them out of jail either, clemency.

I think it also implies by definition that a future president, because it is a case of impeachment cannot touch these cases either. I think the founding fathers wanted people who violated the Constitution and were impeached for it by the House of Representatives and who chose to stay in office to live with it especially if they are unrepentant.

The notable distinction is Nixon. Nixon QUIT before he was impeached by the House of Representatives and therefore he was available for a pardon from Gerald Ford. Trump did not quit before he was impeached. He decided to hang around with McConnells’ senate and the Senate refused to remove him, but he remains impeached. It also means that President Joe Biden does not have the power to grant a pardon to an impeached president who did not quit before impeachment.

Therefore, he can grant clemency and pardons to anyone that he wants to other than himself and his associates whose cases arose out of his impeachment case.

Author: Jesse Jackson Jr

Jesse Jackson Jr was born into advocacy and the struggle for human rights. He entered the world at the height of the American civil rights movement. As such, his father stood among the thousands on the Edmund Pettus Bridge just two days before his birth. The feverish demand for equal voting rights for African Americans, no doubt, infected Jesse with the fight for justice and the right to the pursuit of happiness right down to his bones. He accepts the charge. With this legacy of civil rights, Jesse has always known the importance of using his talents for the advancement of the common good and in the fight for marginalized groups. He carried that foregone conclusion to the platform provided him at North Carolina A&T University. As early as his freshman year, Jackson began working for the people, on campus and abroad. While earning his Bachelor’s of Science degree in business management, he represented the student body as President and he founded a student activism organization centered on overcoming apartheid in South Africa. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is at the seat of his soul when he is working on the front lines of activism. He was an active member of the demonstrations against the blatant civil rights violations of South Africans. Similarly, he has threaded into the fabric at home as Field Director of the National Rainbow Coalition, where he worked to promote voter registration and education programs. Not long after earning his Master’s in theology and his Juris Doctor, Jesse began representing the interest of the citizens of Illinois as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In his 17 years in Congress, from 1995 to 2012, Jesse Jackson Jr had a say in every vote. Additionally, he has served on myriad committees, including the House Appropriations Committee. Taking his aptitude for civic service a step further, Jackson also lent his talent during the 2008 presidential election—working diligently to assist fellow Illinois-native Barack Obama win the presidency. Jesse is an advocate for equal education rights, equal employment opportunities, improving the circumstances of impoverished Americans, conserving various American landmarks as historical districts and reinvigoration the US economy following the 2007-2008 housing and auto market crash. Today, as a citizen thriving with bipolar disorder, Jesse continues the fight on behalf of marginalized communities through his work to help America eliminate the stigma of living with a mental health challenge. Jesse Jackson Jr’s tireless subscription to knowledge of the mind, freedom of the heart and the voice of the vote informs his current effort to impact. His rich possession of theological, historical, political and geopolitical knowledge creates an elemental toolbox that makes him a galvanizing catalyst for change.

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