The Presidency 26

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27. There is some overlap in the powers of the presidency and those of the federal court system through the power to pardon.  The power of pardon is limited to offenses against the United States, meaning the President cannot pardon people for offenses against a state or local government, nor for any crimes against individuals. In addition, per Article 2, pardons may not be used to nullify impeachments. 

Article 2, Section 2 says the President “… shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

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