Here’s how presidential pardons work

12:00 PM ET Wed, 6 June 2018

Presidential pardoning is one of the most powerful political tools available to a sitting U.S. president. With the stroke of a pen, the commander in chief can forgive someone for their crime and restore the civil rights they lost. Pardons are typically granted to white-collar criminals. But now, President Trump is testing the notion of whether a sitting president can pardon himself, and the Constitution leaves the question up for interpretation.