The presidential pardon

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  1. Olivencia

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    What clause in the US Constitution did the Ford administration appeal to when they pardoned Nixon even before he was ever convicted of a crime?


    ....just curious but can the president ever pardon himself/herself? Is there any law that states this can not be done?

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  2. billwald

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    Not familiar with google?

    Article 2
    Section 2 - Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
    The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
     

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