Self-Pardons: A Response To Tribe, Painter, and Eisen


donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedThis weekend my column on the Trump pardon controversy ran in the Washington Post. Notably, while the article did not say conclusively that a President can issue a self-pardon, the title (which authors do not approve) said that he could.  As I have stated in the press, I consider this one of the most difficult questions in the Constitution.  I wrote that there is nothing in the Constitution that says that a president cannot self-pardon and that this was a very close and unresolved question. The same day, a column ran that said conclusively that the self-pardon are clearly and textually barred by the Constitution. That column was written by Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe, Minnesota Professor Richard Painter, and Brookings Institution fellow Norman Eisen.   I must respectfully disagree despite my respect for the prior work of all three of these men. While I believe that it…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at

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