Trump running pardon count has now reached 24

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, ratified in 1789, authorizes the President to grant pardons and other forms of clemency involving “offenses against the United States”.

Out of the box, George Washington addressed Congress in his 7th State of the Union explaining his rationale and presidential powers to pardon two men convicted of high treason and sentenced to hang.
Andrew Johnson granted full pardons and amnesty to most anyone who fought for the Confederacy against the Union in the Civil War. Jimmy Carter pardoned 200,000 draft resisters from the Vietnam era. Barack Obama not only issued 212 pardons but also had 1,715 commutations, many of which were related to drug charge convictions. Donald Trump just issued 11 more to raise from 17 to 24 pardons plus a cumulative 10 in clemency form equaling total 34 in all.

Suffice to say for more than 200 years Presidents have frequently used their pardon powers aggressively, and sometimes in controversial ways. Legal scholars and politicians of today like yesteryear will often raise concerns on such matters. Adversaries may even object on whether or not the Executive strays from what the founders intended. ,

Yet, these acts of mercy for whoever and whenever always rest squarely on the shoulders of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of our great land…


President Trump has been rather reserved in granting pardons and commutations.

You got him now.


Smyrna: Trump will pardon at least “45” before his Presidency ends for sure.

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What’s the issue?

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Good Lord.

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SneakySFDude: Many in the press and on TV seem to be taking issue over Trump’s latest pardons even though history has shown these acts are rights every President has at their disposal.


Did “many in the media” start this thread?

SneakySFDud, being main means of mass communication “media” includes the Internet, I edited my post to clarify my initial response in answering your question:

Now reads- “Many in the press and on TV seem to be taking issue…”

It only costs about 200 k for a trump pardon. That’s what one family contributed since August to buy paul pogues pardon (convicted tax cheat). This is from fec filings

Presidents aren’t allowed to watch tv or what? Would it be different if he got the idea from an interview in the New York Times?

It was very poetic. Also? Thinking “Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Our Great Land” needs to replace Chosen One. :slight_smile:

One only has to go back to Bill Clinton and Marc Rich to find an example of a Democratic President misusing the power of the pardon. But to think for a moment that these latest pardons are anything more then rewards for support, or a middle finger to the left, is naive at best and intellectually dishonest at worst.

Nothing new here.

Executive clemency can’t be judged in pure numbers.

Now obviously Carter had by far the most due to the 200,000 absolute pardons given to Vietnam War resisters.

200,000 of the best things he did during his Presidency. Resisting an immoral war should not be a crime.

Most modern Presidents have given both good and bad clemencies, as has Trump in particular.

I haven’t looked at all the clemencies yet. They must all be judged individually.

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Great, let’s judge the crooked even by Illinois standards governor, the former police commissioner with ties to the mob and Michael ■■■■■■■ Milken, the Junk Bond King who was a flat out con artist.

I opposed those. I was holding back because I haven’t looked through all of them yet.

Well, y’know, just peccadilloes.

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