It would be unprecedented for a president to pardon himself and his family for federal crimes before leaving the Oval Office. Whether it is feasible is the subject of debate, but Northeastern professors say the move would undercut the policy behind the pardon power—which is based on the idea of grace and forgiveness.
After weeks of intense public speculation, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton introduced their vice presidential candidates. That got us wondering how presidential hopefuls select their running mates and whether those selections typically impact elections. Here, Bill Crotty, professor emeritus and an expert on presidential politics, examines those questions.