So-called “legal scholars” are telling Donald Trump he can pardon himself… at best a provocative move, at worst an impeachable offense.
The President began wielding his pardon power like a child with power tools… it is clear that neither Trump or his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani consulted the Federalist papers for counsel on this delicate Constitutional issue.
Hamilton stated in Federalist 74:
“Humanity and good policy conspire to dictate, that the benign prerogative of pardoning should be as little as possible fettered or embarrassed….The reflection that the fate of a fellow-creature depended on his sole fiat, would naturally inspire scrupulousness and caution.”
A President pardoning himself in the face of Federal charges… is not benign, and history shows it to be anything but scrupulous and cautious.