Can a U.S. President issue a pardon to someone before they have been charged with a federal offense ?
- StephenWeinsteinLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
Yes, it has happened many times. Some examples include when Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes he might have committed as President, when he hadn't yet been charged, and when Carter pardoned everyone who had dodged the Vietnam War draft, many of whom hadn't even been identified (and still haven't; it's been over 40 years and there's still no way to conclusively determine whether any particular person was pardoned other than to research whether the person violated that particular law without being charged).
- 2 months ago
It looks like people are assuming this question was about Trump.. It could apply to O'biden just as easily.. In the short time he will be president he could pardon his criminal son and himself because he has bragged about his criminal acts.. Trump is a choir boy compared to O'biden..
- BeardogLv 72 months ago
They can, although if it were discovered that the pardon was agreed to as a condition of the committing crime, that would constitute conspiracy, and then that president would face the charges.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Yes, ridiculously they can.
Ford preemptively pardoned Nixon before any specific charges were laid.
But I'm not sure if it's ever been tested in court.
A self Pardon would definitely be contested in court and Trump would be playing with Constitutional fire if he tried that.
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- Elwood BluesLv 72 months ago
Yes, but only for FEDERAL charges. Trump will face charges in New York State that no pardon can protect him from.
- I'm That MexicanLv 62 months ago
Let me put this way... If the US Government can use the CIA to assassinate other World Leaders & topple other Governments. I think the US President can pardon anyone at any time regardless of pending charges.
- LiliLv 72 months ago
Gerald Ford did. He pardoned Richard Nixon before Nixon was charged with anything. Yes, it can be done.
Edit: kswck2, the Constitution doesn't forbid a president's pardoning himself, though it also doesn't say he can. The reason that a president's pardoning himself has never been challenged in the courts is that no president has ever attempted it. However, it COULD be challenged, and if Trump tries it, expect that to happen.
- 2 months ago
Yes, nixon was granted a pardon by ford before nixon was charged
- kswck2Lv 72 months ago
A President can issue a pardon to ANYone, except himself-and even that has never been challenged in the courts.