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Editorial: Trump is politicizing pardons

A president's power under the Constitution to "grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States" can be an important safety valve when the criminal justice system fails or when an offender has served his time and turned his life around. But the pardon power must be exercised for good reasons and free of political favoritism, or else its legitimacy is degraded.

Donald Trump doesn't seem to understand that. For him, the quality

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