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Yes, it had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to establish he had the right to decline. Burdick vs Us (1915) is the main example, but there was an earlier, historically murkier one, too. Basically the government tried to force an editor to reveal his sources for government leaks, and a preemptive pardon was granted by President Wilson so that he could not hide behind the fifth. Burdick refused the pardon saying it created an imputation of guilt, and continued to plead the fifth.
originally posted by: Wardaddy454
originally posted by: Tekaran
Now Trump needs to Pardon him. That would make some liberal Racist heads surely explode.
I wonder if anyone has declined a Presidential pardon?
originally posted by: underpass61
a reply to: smurfy
That's because once they are sure that they have exhausted all avenues of distortion and "spin", their only option left is to "get out in front" of the story and leave the BS far behind in an attempt to look unbiased.