I Beg Your Pardon

Three Washington Post reports, writing an article headlined “Trump’s lawyers say he’s above the law. They clearly don’t understand it,” do a nifty job taking apart Trump’s constitutional arguments.

Meanwhile, Seal Illing delves into the matter, writing “President Trump says he can pardon himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal.” All of the “15 legal experts” are well credentialed, but some of them are mealy mouthed and have difficulty grasping the nettle.

If interested, please read this stuff for yourself. I won’t try to summarize it, or critique it. But I suggest that you read articles on this topic with two questions in mind:

Question One: Is there some conceivable fact pattern in which one could argue with a straight face that a President has the power to pardon himself for some act made unlawful by the United States Code?

Question Two: Does a President have the absolute and unfettered power to pardon himself and others for any and all offenses under the United States Code, no matter how heinous the circumstances?

Unless you are a regular Fox News viewer, you probably have the intelligence to realize that these are two very different questions, and that they probably have different answers.