why does the Constitution give the power to Pardon?

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    Presidential Pardon power seems like something ripe for abuse. I understand that Washington (freed people from Whiskey Rebellion) and Jefferson (freed people convicted under the Alien and Sedition Acts) used the power for good, but then there’s seemingly obvious abuses in recent times. Like Ford pardoning Nixon, Reagan pardoning people involved in Iran-Contra, and Clinton pardoning his half-brother.

    What’s the reason why the Founding Fathers had granted the president the power to pardon?


    Most people now don’t see Ford’s pardon of Nixon as corrupt. The Iran-Contra pardons were by Bush, Sr., not by Reagan.

    The short of the reason is that it was an old executive function in England, it seemed that someone ought to have it, and it is an executive power.

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