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President Elect Barack Obama intends to nominate Eric Holder to be Attorney General, which has caused a re-examination of former President Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich.

Today, former Attorney General William Barr under President George H.W. Bush, in an interview on MSNBC, stated that the power to pardon is in the Office of the President of the United States.

What President has the power to pardon?

What does this Constitution say about it?  Article II Section 2 Clause:  “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when call into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opiniion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”  

The students who have paid me to teach them the true meaning of the Constitution know that the Office of President of the United States is a different Office from the Office of President.  Freedom is not free, so they have willingly paid to learn the truth that will make them free.  For those reading this, who are not my students this is an opportunity to learn the inner workings of the Constitution.

Former Attorney General Barr says the power to pardon is in the President of the United States.  If that is so, where in the Constitution does it state that the Office of President of the United States is the same as the Office of President?   

Dr. Eduardo M. Rivera

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