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So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: Don C
Date: November 07, 2020 09:50PM
and issue a pardon for the Criminal in Chief?

Which would not be popular with HIS people, of course and would probably not win over any converts, but just thinking out loud.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 07, 2020 09:55PM
No





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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: wave rider
Date: November 07, 2020 10:04PM
No



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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 07, 2020 10:06PM
....no way....Jose.....



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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 07, 2020 10:07PM
Biden has already said he is leaving Trump up to law enforcement agencies and won't touch it.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: November 07, 2020 10:20PM
Why cannot 45 simply pardon himself for any federal crimes?

The Constitution only provides that “[t]he President . . . shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” No limit on it in the actual text.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 07, 2020 10:48PM
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Mr Downtown
Why cannot 45 simply pardon himself for any federal crimes?

Interesting rabbit hole...

[www.npr.org]

Amy Coney Barrett declined to address whether she believes President Trump has the power to pardon himself, calling it a matter that could come before the Supreme Court after she is confirmed...

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[www.npr.org]

The Justice Department did issue a legal opinion during the Nixon administration saying that the president could not pardon himself because, under long-established law, no person can be the judge of his own case...

A majority of those weighing in on presidential pardons have agreed that the president cannot pardon himself. But some scholars have argued that he can. Professor Kalt suggests that the recent scholarly chorus confidently maintaining that the question has been resolved are "working the refs." Their confidence is more a matter of saying the president "can't do it because they want everyone to think that he can't do it," he says.




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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 07, 2020 10:50PM
....Hell....to the no.....!!!



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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 07, 2020 11:15PM
I cannot for the life of me understand how ANYONE would think it would be good for the president to be able to pardon himself. duuuuuuuuuuuumb



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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: Janit
Date: November 08, 2020 03:28AM
Best to leave the prosecutions to NY State.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: RgrF
Date: November 08, 2020 03:44AM
A deal will be cut with NY and the US will continue the tradition (a good sane tradition) of not charging previous Presidents with criminal behavior. That would be a good decision.

The underlings - Barr, in particular, along with multiple others - ought to be subject to the full process of law.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 08, 2020 04:20AM
@#$%& no.



It is what it is.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: markmedic
Date: November 08, 2020 07:18AM
I think Pence will become president for a week and pardon the Dumpster fire and family for all federal crimes. It is a risky move but he is a good poodle and would probably do it to say that he is the real 46th president.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 08, 2020 07:30AM
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markmedic
I think Pence will become president for a week and pardon the Dumpster fire and family for all federal crimes. It is a risky move but he is a good poodle and would probably do it to say that he is the real 46th president.

Let them try it and the GOP is done.

As noted, let the states deal with this mafia group with basic FBI support.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 08, 2020 08:06AM
Pence is just cagey enough to renege on his promise to pardon Trump. I can hear Cheeto screaming that he un-resigns.

That would be the best, I can already picture McConnell hi-fiving Pence.



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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: November 08, 2020 12:02PM
"Let them try it and the GOP is done."

It won't phase them. Things have changed since the 70's.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 08, 2020 12:18PM
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Dennis S
"Let them try it and the GOP is done."

It won't phase them. Things have changed since the 70's.

You could see the Utah GOP party split over this and bring Romney, making him a formal independent from the RNC.

This same split in the GOP coalition can be seen in Arizona.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 08, 2020 02:24PM
No.



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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: hal
Date: November 08, 2020 02:40PM
There is a good reason why the answer is 'no'. One could argue that the Nixon pardon did actually help heal the nation. Nixon played his part. He cancelled himself properly. He didn't say a word for YEARS and when he did, he did not try to tear down the existing government.

Pardoning Trump will not heal anything. And it won't shield him from prosecution anyway. He will just sit on the sidelines and try to tear the world apart. We don't need to help him.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: November 08, 2020 02:43PM
It's very unlikely that the U.S Justice Department will pursue criminal prosecution against the former president.

It would be so politically radioactive as to render the Biden administration paralyzed, and the electorate more divided and angry than ever.

New York state has plenty of crimes to investigate and prosecute, and there's no reason not to let those play out.



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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: hal
Date: November 08, 2020 03:10PM
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rjmacs
It's very unlikely that the U.S Justice Department will pursue criminal prosecution against the former president.

It would be so politically radioactive as to render the Biden administration paralyzed, and the electorate more divided and angry than ever.

New York state has plenty of crimes to investigate and prosecute, and there's no reason not to let those play out.

indeed...
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 08, 2020 10:50PM
Mr. Pence, if you pardon Mr. Trump, we will prosecute you. If, however, you do NOT, we will allow you and Mother to retire to your plantation.
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Re: So in the interest of "healing," will Biden pull a Gerald Ford
Posted by: RgrF
Date: November 08, 2020 11:20PM
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cbelt3
Mr. Pence, if you pardon Mr. Trump, we will prosecute you. If, however, you do NOT, we will allow you and Mother to retire to your plantation.

If those circumstances should become somehow a reality, you cannot nor should you prosecute someone for exercising lawful authority, no matter how much you may disagree with their course of action.
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