One would think that a person who became president of the United States would have at least a bare boned idea of what was involved in performing that job. Unfortunately, the present occupant of that office has not got a clue. Really. How could it be?
Perhaps because he is a guy who doesn’t read. Perhaps it is because he was just a business man who didn’t bother himself with knowing anything beyond what it took to make a buck. Perhaps the only type law he ever got near had noting to do with the Constitution other than (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4) which authorizes Congress to enact “uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States.”
Why he has no clue after being in office for almost a year and five months is shown by this tweet he just wrote: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, . . .”
He doesn’t understand he is elected to the office. He has been inaugurated. According to the Oxford Dictionary that is defined as: “Admit (someone) formally to office.”
He acts as if he has been coronated which is defined by the same source as: “The ceremony of crowning a sovereign or a sovereign’s consort.” Sovereignty is defined as: “Supreme power or authority.”
The word sovereign is often used to describe God’s power. A leading article noted: “Sovereignty can be defined as having supreme authority, control, and power over all that has happened, is happening, and will happen in the future in all times across all history. Christians define it as the ruler of the universe, God, having the right, the authority, and the power to govern all that happens and what has, is, or will happen being in accordance to His divine will.”
I suppose it is not only Trump himself who believes he has been coronated. Liberty University has produced a movie “The Trump Prophecy” which suggests God Himself had a hand in putting Trump in office. Billy Graham’s son Franklin has said “For these states to go the way they did, in my opinion, I think it was the hand of God, . . . ”
Unfortunately for Trump and those who believe God put him in office he is not there as a sovereign with supreme power. He was inaugurated not coronated. He was put in the position according to the terms of the Constitution. He does not have the power to pardon himself.
One definition of a pardon is that it “fully restores an individual’s civil rights forfeited upon conviction of a crime and restores the person’s innocence as though he or she had never committed a crime.” Although that appears correct it appears one does not have to be convicted to be pardoned. “In 1866, the Supreme Court ruled in Ex parte Garland that the pardon power”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.””
“Article II § 4 of the Constitution provides as follows:
“The President, . . . shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
If Trump had the power to pardon himself, that is make it appear that he never committed a crime, he would then have the power to prevent his impeachment. There would be no basis upon which the House of Representative could proceed.
Trump could set up a table in the Oval Office where people could come in with bags full of cash. Here comes one now. Let’s listen: “Here, Mr. President,I’d like to drill for oil in the Tea Dome Oil Fields in Natrona County, Wyoming.”
Trump: “OK, give him the lease. Now remember, Ivanka get 15% of all profits”
After a few months of selling U.S. assets Trump is indicted. The House sets up impeachment proceeding. Trump pardons himself. There is no basis for impeachment. He opens up for business the next day putting out for bid the Grand Canyon .
The idea of that happening is absurd. You don’t need to be a lawyer to know that. The thought that a president believes he can do this makes him ineligible to sit in that office. He should be impeached. A president who thinks he has the powers of a king is an alien concept in a democracy.