Five myths about presidential pardons.
President Trump is in a pardon frenzy. Last month, he dispensed absolution for boxer Jack Johnson and pundit Dinesh D’Souza, and this past week — before pardoning Alice Marie Johnson at the request of Kim Kardashian West — he declared that he can even pardon himself. A White House official told The Washington Post that Trump is now “obsessed” with pardons, his new “favorite thing.” The pardon power is the most kinglike power our presidents have; they can apply it whenever and to whomever they like. Still, many misconceptions surround this constitutional perquisite.
With Lennox Lewis, right, and Sylvester Stallone, second from right, behind him, President Trump displays his pardon last month of the black boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted in 1913 for crimes related to his relationship with a white woman.