I just realized that while impeachment is proof against pardon, resigning in the face of possible impeachment (Nixon) isn't. So, Trump can keep doubling down until it looks like he will almost certainly be impeached. He can then resign and allow Pence to pardon him.
I suppose I wasn't right originally
, but I wasn't really wrong either.
LaserGuy wrote:Having it that the Senate could overturn a pardon with a 2/3 majority vote (same as a veto) would probably help a lot to prevent egregious abuses.
Probably not. It would just clog the senate.
Quercus wrote:Honestly if you're relying on an ugly hack like the pardon, rather than baking mercy and fairness into the justice system itself, something has gone very badly wrong.
Ninja'd by Diadem, but... Something is
horribly wrong, but only insomuch as no governing system is perfect, and great abuse hides beneath imperfection. At some point, one of the tools will be the final word. There is no way to guarantee that that final word is correct. Nonetheless, pardon is that tool.
Thesh wrote:I mean, technically a majority in 3/4 of state legislatures can overturn any pardon.
You mean by amending the constitution? Ex post facto?