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Should the US President Have the Power to Self-Pardon?
The US President should have the power to self-pardon, terminate inquiries for which he/she is a subject, and fire FBI officials conducting investigations related to the presidency.
The Constitution doesn't explicitly prohibit self-pardons.
The highest office in the executive branch should have supreme authority in order to carry out the laws of the land.
The FBI could garner an undue level of control over the presidential office if they were permitted to investigate with impunity. If the FBI were to conduct an illegal investigation on the President, then the President would be powerless to stop it.
The President is always able to be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate because the Constitution specifically prevents pardons in cases of impeachment (Article II, Section 2)
As a Constitutional Republic, the US government should allow no person or entity to be "above the law."
The FBI reports to the Justice Department, not the President. The President should not meddle in the investigations of the FBI and the justice department.
Any governmental figure with the explicit power to absolve themselves of crime is capable of amassing huge amounts of unchecked power.
It is unlikely that the Framers of the Constitution intended to leave such a gaping loophole thwarting carefully constructed checks and balances within the three branches of federal government.
The process of impeachment is an insufficient check of power on the presidency.
The president can classify things for national security purposes, that way if he or she breaks the law, he or she can avoid being held accountable. Why give them pardon powers if they can do that?
Fundamental rules in US case law include the tenet that no one may serve as a judge in their own case.
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