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Ramesh Ponnuru

Mass Pardons Would Escalate Risks for Trump

Abusing such power would lead to more calls for impeachment. And it should.
Scary thoughts.

Scary thoughts.

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This presidency is raising all kinds of novel constitutional questions.

Starting in January, people who could not have pronounced "emoluments" a month previously were opining confidently that President Donald Trump was violating the Constitution’s clause about them. Now we're having to consider just how far the president’s pardon power runs.