If Gerald Ford was able to preemptively pardon Richard Nixon, what would stop Trump from doing that to himself? Why doesn't every president do that, just in case?

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    Most Presidents believe that that would tarnish their legacy. Where there is a pardon, there must be a crime, the public perception would go. And the idea that "most" Presidents do routinely do criminal acts is just plain wrong.
    – o.m.
    Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 5:06
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    It's amazing how many people believe The President has committed a crime yet cannot name what that crime was. Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 15:46
  • @FrankCedeno I agree. The reason I ask is because there has been a lot of discussion about it.
    – Burt
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 1:05


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