The Power of Presidential Pardon

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    A podium in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House

    When Joe Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, he will begin to reshape the office of the presidency itself as he sets out to lead a bitterly divided nation grappling with a devastating pandemic and an insurrection meant to stop his ascension to power. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Federal pardons take place in the last days of a US Presidency and can be controversial. What are the checks and balances of pardon power and how will it be used or abused by our current president?  

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