Tuesday, December 27, 2016
If someone hasn't yet been charged with a crime, how does the president know what to pardon them for? The long and short answer is 'anything.' I point you to The act of Congress of January 24th, 1865. It is a long read but thankfully it was made clear in point 9 of the 1866 Supreme Court ruling on Ex parte Garland. To speed up this process this is the ruling, 'The power of pardon conferred by the Constitution upon the President is unlimited except in cases of impeachment. It extends to every offence known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment. The power is not subject to legislative control.' Before you google the word pendency its definition is the state or time of being pending, undecided, or undetermined, as of a lawsuit awaiting settlement. Did you pick up the key word in point 9? The word I picked up on is impeachment. Ah yes the last time you might recall the word is William Jefferson Clinton. In this case I am refering to the former Secretary of State Hillary Rodman Clinton. You might first think that impeachment can only be commited by a President. WRONG!!! Impeachment is a process in which someone is charged with unlawful activity while in office. If convicted in an impeachment trial, it generally leads to their removal from office. Do I need to state the obvious? Hillary was a official as Secretary of State. So it doesn't matter what Obama does! You the citizen decide what happens next.