Poll: Americans say no to presidential self-pardons

Steve Peoples and Emily Swanson
Associated Press

New York – Even in an era of deep political division, Democrats and Republicans agree presidents should not pardon themselves.

President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in this June 21, 2018, file photo. Democrats and Republicans agree presidents should not pardon themselves according to a new survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

That’s according to a new survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It also found that if the nation’s chief executive ever does so, majorities of Americans in both parties believe Congress should impeach that president.

Trump raised the possibility of a self-pardon on Twitter earlier in this month, writing: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”

By a wide margin, Americans believe Trump is wrong.

Three-quarters of Republicans say a president should not self-pardon if charged with a crime, and more than 9 in 10 Democrats agree.

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