US presidential pardons -- a powerful and controversial tool

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump has issued a number of pardons during his time in the White House and is expected to deliver more before he leaves on January 20, 2021. Here is a look at the pardon powers of the US president and some notable and controversial pardons over the years: The president’s pardon powerThe US Constitution gives a president the “power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” This allows the president to issue pardons or commute sentences for persons convicted of federal offenses but not for state…

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