Pardon me boy. Is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?

The US Studies Centre (USSC) is based at the University of Sydney and self describes as:

a university-based research centre, dedicated to the rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture.

The USSC has received millions of dollars from government for their research and rigorous analysis.  Millions.  And the research and analysis was so good that not 1 researcher predicted let alone countenanced the election of Donald Trump as President.  Here is even a map produced by the USSC proving that Donald Trump would lose.

Now one of the the rigorous and research based “analyses” the USSC publishes a regular news letter, presumably in part funded by the millions of tax payer dollars it has received.  And the opening sentence in their letter of today (6 June 2018) said this:

The president has the absolute power to pardon himself

Umm no.  No the President can’t.  And Spartacus does not say this as a tax payer funded University researcher and teacher.

Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1 of the US constitution says:

….. and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

The President can’t pardon himself from State legislated crimes nor can he pardon himself against impeachment.  2 very important qualifiers you would think that a university-based research centre, dedicated to the rigorous analysis would highlight.

After the 2016 US Presidential election, Mark Latham proposed a rename of the US Studies Centre to the US Confusion Centre.  This might be a bit too generous.

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7 Responses to Pardon me boy. Is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?

  1. Tim Neilson

    Gerard Henderson uses “the US[eless] Studies Centre”.

  2. Cassie of Sydney

    Isn’t Turdbull’s son-in-law involved? These elites like to keep things in the family.

  3. John Bayley

    I am not a lawyer and definitely don’t have the required knowledge to personally comment on this topic, but according to Karl Denninger (The Market Ticker – look him up, he posts some pretty interesting stuff), the President indeed can pardon himself, as per the Constitution (as you quote).

    The relevant bit is “…There is no stricture that says “except upon himself.””

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=233596

  4. tgs

    I am not a lawyer and definitely don’t have the required knowledge to personally comment on this topic, but according to Karl Denninger (The Market Ticker – look him up, he posts some pretty interesting stuff), the President indeed can pardon himself, as per the Constitution (as you quote).

    For federal crimes yes, state crimes no.

  5. JohnA

    Pardon me, Roy.

    Spartacus, your research skills let you down there…

    The original (hirsute canine) story was about Roy Rogers buying a pair of shoes, which were destroyed by his favourite cat.

    However, to the substance of the question, Mr Gilbert has already canvassed the issue (Iolanthe)
    The Lord Chancellor poses a series of questions:

    LORD CH. I thank your Lordships. The feelings of a Lord Chancellor who is in love with a Ward of Court are not to be envied.
    What is his position?
    Can he give his own consent to his own marriage with his own Ward?
    Can he marry his own Ward without his own consent?
    And if he marries his own Ward without his own consent, can he commit himself for contempt of his own Court?
    And if he commit himself for contempt of his own Court, can he appear by counsel before himself, to move for arrest of his own judgement?
    Ah, my Lords, it is indeed painful to have to sit upon a woolsack which is stuffed with such thorns as these!

    John Bayley, there is an exception for impeachment. How else does one deal with a President who is charged with a crime?

  6. Shy Ted

    The intellectuals at USSC watch Planet America for inspiration. If you haven’t watched Planet America (ABC of course) I double dare you.

  7. W Hogg

    It would seem he can pardon himself from any criminal indictment (past or future) but that Congress could still impeach.

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