Law professor: Trump pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio is ‘impeachable offense’

Law professor: Trump pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio is ‘impeachable offense’
Frank Bowman (Image: University of Missouri School of Law)

[Ed. – Left remains obsessed with impeaching Trump.]

It seems there is nothing our 45th president can do that will satisfy progressives one iota, and as another example a law professor argues that the chief exec’s constitutional power of the pardon … can lead to impeachment.

To be clear, University of Missouri-Columbia Professor Frank Bowman notes on his blog Impeachable Offenses that Mr. Trump “committed his first verifiable impeachable offense” (emphasis added) with his pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Stay with him here. For, although “Article II Section 2 of the Constitution gives a president effectively unlimited to power to pardon anyone (possibly even including himself),” Bowman points to Northwestern Professor Martin Redish’s contention that this pardon should be invalid since it offends the Constitution’s Due Process Clause

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… because the only effective redress for those whose rights were violated by then-Sheriff Arpaio when he defied the court’s injunction is a contempt sanction, and voiding that sanction with a pardon both neuters the judicial power to enforce constitutional rights and deprives Arpaio’s victims of relief.

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