Should there be more limits on presidential pardon power?

Posted on AllSides July 20th, 2020

What’s happening: President Trump has issued a number of controversial pardons during his time in office, but none sparked the level of criticism as his decision late last week to commute the sentence of his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone. The commutation allowed Stone to avoid a 40-month prison sentence after he was convicted for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.

The move was well within the scope of the pardon powers granted to the president in the Constitution,...

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