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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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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019
    No one should have the power to pardon themselves of any crime.
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    No self pardon for the orange idiot, he makes all Republicans look stupid.
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    Definitely. I can’t believe this is even necessary
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    Can anyone tell me why a sitting president should have the ability to pardon himself? No, I didn’t think so. No one person should be their own judge, jury and prosecutor. No one is above the law, including tRump. There is a ton of laws that need to be created and or addressed now that we know we can’t trust the electoral college or the GOP to do their job. if this was a democratic president, I’d be saying the same thing.
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    That should have been part of the constitution from the very beginning. A president also should not be able to pardon close friends as this is extreme conflict of interest. His friends would have little reason to be truthful when being questioned about certain activities.
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    Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should a President ever be allowed to pardon himself.
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    Everyone has to answer to someone even the President. He’s not an elected king.
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    Without a doubt. The designers of the Constitution had overthrown the yoke of a king. They did not design the Constitution to create another.
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    It never came up before in over 200 years, but now with this joke in the White House it becomes very Necessary
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    The President of the United States is not above the law. That position should not be allowed to self pardon for crimes committed either before being elected or while in office.
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    The President should not have the power to pardon himself or anyone else who has been proven guilty of a crime. If an injustice has been done then the courts can address the injustice. That’s why it’s called the justice system and not the justice President.
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    Yes cause the Constitution never envisioned some one like Trump who would weaponize pardons
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    ABSOLUTELY NO. SELF-PARDON!!
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    You can’t be judge and jury for yourself No one is above the law
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    A self pardon? We are a country of laws. We elect an executive, not a dictator every four years.
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    HELL YES! THIS SHOULD BE COMMON SENSE. NO ONE, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE ELSE, HAVE I EVER HEARD, CAN DO THIS - EXCEPT FOR A DICTATOR. AM I WRONG ON THIS? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME? IF HE IS ALLOWED TO DO THIS, THEN WE ARE NO LONGER THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! SURELY THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS MUST KNOW THIS! HOW CAN THEY NOT? I AM PHYSICALLY ILL!
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    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.
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    Duh.... of course!
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    A President should NEVER get a PARDON no matter what. Not a self pardon & not a new president pardon. No one is above the law. Only people who have paid their debt or have been found to be innocent of the crime they are charged with.
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    Absolutely!!!!
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