TODAY’S ACTION: What will Congress do if the president pardons himself?

Despite the president’s tweet over the weekend, everyone does not believe that presidents’ power to pardon extends to themselves, particularly since accepting a presidential pardon is generally considered an admission of guilt. Are there no limits on what a president (of any party) can do? Could he shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and then pardon himself for that?

Today, we’re asking our members of Congress what their views are on the limits of presidential power. We need to know what their beliefs are before they are tested.

1. In general, does a president have the right to pardon himself?
2. In general, what do you think Congress should do if a president pardons himself?
3. In general, what do you think Congress should do if a president fires a special counsel who is investigating him?

Tell them you are a constituent and you do want a response.

We will be compiling these responses, so please email indivisiblefm@gmail.com when you get answers to these questions.

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611
Or text RESIST to 50409

Minnesota

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Or text RESIST to 50409

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165
Or text RESIST to 50409