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house Bill H. Joint Res. 13

Should the Constitution Prevent the President From Issuing a Self-Pardon?

Argument in favor

The president shouldn’t be able to issue a self-pardon for crimes they may have committed, and the Constitution needs to be amended to clarify that before a rogue president tries it and puts the constitutionality of a self-pardon in the hands of the courts.

WonderKai's Opinion
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02/18/2019
The president is not a king, queen, emperor or empress; they should absolutely not be allowed to self-pardon. They are not above the law, especially if they are guilty of wrong doing
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Mark's Opinion
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02/18/2019
If the president is convicted of anything that requires a self pardon then they should be impeached for failing to uphold the dignity of their office.
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Sylvan's Opinion
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02/18/2019
The Moscow-installed illegitimate squatter in the White House is an unindicted co-conspirator who engaged in conspiracy with a hostile foreign nation. Congress should definitely prevent traitors from pardoning themselves.
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Argument opposed

This is a partisan bill aimed at the president that’s unlikely to be ratified by enough states to amend the Constitution. A president that has to issue a self-pardon would be so politically toxic they’d either have to resign or face a hostile Congress for the remainder of their term.

J. scott's Opinion
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02/19/2019
No a President shouldn’t be allowed to self pardon — that would make him above all the Law and a Monarch rather than a Chief Executive which of course was a key consideration by the founders. No more Kings people.
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JTJ's Opinion
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02/18/2019
This is the stupid stuff democrats introduce to bash Trump in instead of actually working for the American people. Go for it, good luck getting it ratified.
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Sean's Opinion
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02/18/2019
Has Al Green done anything productive in congress? Every time I see him he’s introducing an impeachment process. I wonder what productive issues could be accomplished if he would stop bitching. To answer the Countable question. No.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

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Title

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to clarify the presidential pardoning power.

Official Title

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to clarify the presidential pardoning power.

Summary

Constitutional Amendment This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment denying the President the power to grant himself a reprieve or pardon for an offense against the United States.
    The president is not above the law
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    No a President shouldn’t be allowed to self pardon — that would make him above all the Law and a Monarch rather than a Chief Executive which of course was a key consideration by the founders. No more Kings people.
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    The president is not a king, queen, emperor or empress; they should absolutely not be allowed to self-pardon. They are not above the law, especially if they are guilty of wrong doing
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    If the president is convicted of anything that requires a self pardon then they should be impeached for failing to uphold the dignity of their office.
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    The Moscow-installed illegitimate squatter in the White House is an unindicted co-conspirator who engaged in conspiracy with a hostile foreign nation. Congress should definitely prevent traitors from pardoning themselves.
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    Absolutely. There can be no self-pardon and no pardon of your own co-conspirators.
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    We must all be accountable for our actions. There should be no picking and choosing when it comes to the law.
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    I’m amazed we even have to think about this. No, the President should not be able to pardon himself. Especially when there is so much mounting evidence that he has done multiple things to be pardoned for. it’s actually very sad that our president is either a criminal or crazy. Either way, its just sad.
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    It will only be logical for a person who committed a wrong not to be able to have a presidential pardoning himself or herself. Congress should act together as one for the better of the whole country not allowing this pardon on oneself should be passed. Sincerely
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    No one is above the law, being able to pardon yourself means you’re above the law.
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    Self pardon is a violation of the Presidential Oath to faithfully execute the laws of the land. It now must be expressly prohibited, because the current president is devoid of morality.
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    Yes, yes, yes! Sitting in the Oval Office is not a pass for criminal or civil misbehavior, or it should not be. I don’t know whether our society can drum up the same level of outrage that cost Gerald Ford a second term after pardoning Richard Nixon. Many of us seem to be numb when it comes to violations of ethics or a lack of integrity in our president or members of Congress. A pity, that.
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    This is the stupid stuff democrats introduce to bash Trump in instead of actually working for the American people. Go for it, good luck getting it ratified.
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    Might as well kiss our democracy goodbye. I could see Trump attempting this but I'm hoping our congress has enough common sense to make sure that's not somethimg Trump could get away with.
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    All Equal Under Law.
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    This should be obvious, we aren’t a dictatorship and the President is NOT supposed to be above the law.
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    Has Al Green done anything productive in congress? Every time I see him he’s introducing an impeachment process. I wonder what productive issues could be accomplished if he would stop bitching. To answer the Countable question. No.
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    No one is above the law. This includes our lawmakers.
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    No one is above the law, including a President.
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    No self pardon for the orange idiot, he makes all Republicans look stupid.
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