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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Who will Obama pardon?

There are plenty of candidates for the president’s final pay-off

Looking beyond the upcoming election to the last few days of Barack Obama’s legal status as a president, it’s interesting to speculate who he might pardon from their past criminal behaviors, whether indicted, convicted, incarcerated or released, or whether they are just under investigation. Typically, pardons are done on the very last day a president is in office — for good reason, in that they are arbitrary and unregulated political acts.

One one hand, the presidential pardon process is pure politics — Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, for example — and on the other hand, it can express a general policy: We might see further evidence of President Obama’s views on the federal imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders in the last batch of people he pardons.

Sometimes, it’s just family: Bill Clinton pardoned brother Roger Clinton for his drug conviction.

But we have also been through several recent and rather massive investigations of mostly political behaviors and alleged cover-ups that some believe involve criminal conduct at the margins, let alone other clear violations of law that have resulted in convictions, but nevertheless all of them in mostly political contexts.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully any indictments of the Clintons, et al will be delayed till after Obama is gone. No indictment = no pardon.

Anonymous said...

Obviously he will Pardon Hillary,Bill and all involved
in Her Scandals ... Just you wait and see...it's coming !!!

She knows it too and is Not worried......

Anonymous said...

He can pardon. All he wants but trump will ReOpen any case , Hillaryyyyyyyy.

Anonymous said...

We all Know the Pardon is coming Obama working on it now..
As sure as the sky is blue....

Anonymous said...

11:35, I agree 100% with you. (map)

Anonymous said...


The number of pardons he'll issue will bring the internet to a crawl!

Anonymous said...

rest assured, they will all be democraps