Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution says that the President “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” Allow me to quote from that earlier post:
The President’s pardoning power is absolute. Pardoning decisions are not subject to judicial review, nor can any individual pardon be overturned by an act of Congress. The pardoning power’s also unlimited as to offenses against the United States, so in theory, at least as a matter of law, a President could pardon someone for committing any offense against the United States.
So when Obama says that Snowden has to come back and appear in a court of law before he can consider a pardon, he’s full of shit and he knows it because he was a constitutional law scholar.
This is the side of Obama’s personality I will not miss at all.