Sujit Choudary is an academic, professor and current director as well as founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The center supports collective research efforts by international constitutional experts that is evidence-based in nature. The conclusions from research projects recommend policy options that are in keeping with constitutional ideals.
Sujit Choudary has held professorial positions at New York University and the University of Toronto. He is currently a faculty member at Berkley University in California. Sujit Choudary has published many papers and is also on Medium. He is a noted expert in comparative constitutional law and politics where he has devoted much of his professional effort.
As there has been much interest of recent surrounding President Donald Trump and the investigation of possible Russian influence on the 2016 US general election, Sujit Choudary addresses the question of whether or not the constitution grants power to an acting President to grant pardon or reprieve to himself or herself. Choudary is quick to note the issue has lively debate among scholars. One federal judge during the time President Clinton was facing a legal hearing surrounding his scandal with Monica Lewinsky, commented that he felt a President could pardon himself according to the constitution. Sujit Choudary references Article II Section 2 and makes the observance that the statements concerning pardon powers granted are mute concerning this question. They do reference power to pardon someone for federal crimes or offenses committed.
Sujit Choudary references some examples of pardons granted by President Trump during his first term. Boxer Jack Johnson, author Dinesh Souza, alleged drug user Alice Johnson and former sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona. All of these examples were for non-violent crimes or offenses. Sujit Choudary asserts that the implied message from these pardons may be that if in the end, the federal investigators are found guilty for a falsified investigation, President Trump would perhaps pardon the involved parties. If on the other hand, President Trump is found guilty, self pardon may lead to impeachment and eventual settlement by the US Supreme Court.