Presidential Pardons

Excusing Federal Convicts.

The Constitution gives the president the power to pardon criminals who committed crimes against the United States, so only federal crimes. This power can be a check against both the legisalature and the judiciary. The president’s pardon cannot be checked. Typically presidents exercise this power towards the end of a term when the news media is focused on the next election. Watch this video on the power to pardon, notbale pardons, and President Trump and answer the questions that follow.


Questions to Reflect:

1. Explain how a presidential pardon serves as a check and balance. What branch is checking what other branch?

2. What was the justification or the cause for one of these pardons?

3. Do you agree or disagree with this presidential action, and why?