Huge Majority of Americans Say a President Should Be Impeached if He Pardons Himself

Donald Trump says he has the right to pardon himself. Legally, that may be a gray area, but politically, it’s crystal clear: The American people say no. A new AP/NORC poll finds overwhelming opposition to Trump—or any other president—self-pardoning if charged with a crime, and support for consequences that Congress might want to sit up and take note of:


 85 percent think it would be unacceptable for presidents to pardon themselves if charged with a crime, and 76 percent think Congress should take steps to remove a president from office if they did so.

Of course this is before the right-wing outrage machine kicks into gear and Trump’s base decides he was framed by Hillary Clinton, but still. It should send a message to both Trump and congressional Republicans.

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