As is well known, Trump and his political and campaigning team are under investigation by the FBI. Dozens of people have been indicted so far and five have pled guilty. As the investigation continues, one of the big questions is whether anyone will testify that Trump has committed a crime and/or colluded with the Russians.
Surrounding all this is Trump’s power to pardon whoever he wants at any time. In particular, Manafort for example is accused in the press of lying to the FBI in order to secure a pardon from Trump. In general, if Trump is guilty, anyone interviewed by the FBI who themselves has committed a crime is highly incentivised to lie knowing if they testify against Trump he will not pardon them.
In this context, it is mystifying at least to me why the US population supports the President’s pardon powers in cases that involve the President themself being investigated. This seems to be an obvious route to corruption at the highest level. It also would not be the first time a US president has been found to be corrupt.
Given all this, what is the politics that makes the US population support this ongoing power for the President?