TRUMP’S PARDON SALE BONANZA

Donald Trump prepares to roll out Operation Presidential Pardon, his end of presidency pardon sell-off.

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WASHINGTON — The big question being asked in Georgetown watering holes these days is— who will Donald Trump pardon before he exits the White House? Michael Flynn? Paul Manafort? Steve Bannon? The entire Kushner family? Mr. Trump himself? We will soon find out. Inside sources indicate that Mr. Trump is preparing to roll out Operation Presidential Pardon (heretofore code named “O.P.P.”) — an unprecedented opportunity for anyone with the clemency itch to purchase a pardon from the President.

Mr. Trump considers…


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AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

THE LIMITED SCOPE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PARDON — A CASE FOR WHY DONALD TRUMP SHOULD ONLY BE ABLE PARDON SPECIFIED PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF OR ADMITTED GUILT TO SPECIFIED CRIMES

For some reason, it is just assumed that a president’s pardon power is virtually unlimited. Specifically, I hear legal commentators simply assuming that a president can pardon general classes of people and/or a specific person for all unspecified federal crimes they may have committed in the past even if that person has not been charged or convicted of a crime. I disagree with these assumptions. In fact, I…


A 28TH CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT WE CAN AGREE ON?

It’s time to amend Article II of the Constitution to require states to choose their presidential electors by popular vote.

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Despite Thomas Jefferson’s admonishment that the Constitution should be subject to “periodical repairs, from generation to generation,” there has been a modern day reluctance to amend it. The Constitution was last amended in 1992 and even that amendment (the 27th) was of little significance (it related to Congressional pay raises). The political right tends to view the Constitution as a bible of sorts, with its text representing holy scripture carved into…

Jason Michael Katz

Lawyer and aspiring screenwriter. University of Michigan (B.S. in political science, 1992) and University of Michigan Law School (1994). Bad guitarist.

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