I agree. For better or worse, the Constitution allows corrupt Presidential pardons. But there are safeguards against these happening. 1/
Best way to block corrupt pardons: don’t elect people inclined to exercise the pardon power corruptly. Also, demand Congress members who will impeach and convict Presidents of unconstitutional conduct that is also corrupt. 2/
Trump was violating his oath of office from the moment he took it. He was accepting unconstitutional emoluments and should have been impeached, tried, and removed from office because of it. 3/
Trump’s blatant acceptance of personal financial benefits that depended on his office evidence the same corruption and contempt for rule of law demonstrated by the pardons he has granted and will likely grant. 4/
Put a corrupt person in the Presidency and keep him there, don’t be surprised when he does corrupt things for which there is no remedy. 5/5

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