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From Henry V to Hillary Clinton: what the history of pardoning oneself could teach Donald Trump

The Tragedy of Trump may have set itself up for a truly Shakespearean ending

By Edward Wilson-Lee  

Should Donald Trump be allowed to pardon himself?

The great Renaissance jurist Edward Coke was fond of telling the story of a young Roman who, having shown himself to be of great intelligence and learning, was offered a position as a judge by the Senate. After giving it much thought, the young man summoned all of his friends, family, and connections to a sumptuous feast, which they took to be a celebration of his newfound power and the rewards that they were all to reap from it. At the…

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