How Trump Is Using the Power to Pardon | NYT News

How Trump Is Using the Power to Pardon | NYT News

President Trump
made news this week by pardoning a conservative
commentator, Dinesh D’Souza, and hinting that
he may also pardon Martha Stewart,
the lifestyle mogul, and Rod Blagojevich,
the former governor of Illinois. In discussing these cases, President Trump
often returns to a theme. He says these people have been treated unfairly
by prosecutors, and that resonates with
some of his thinking about his own case. Many presidents have
thought themselves confined by constitutional norms. But there’s really no
question that the Constitution gives the president
unlimited authority to pardon people convicted
of federal crimes. Previous presidents have used
much of their pardon authority on cases of more
ordinary Americans who have served their entire
sentence, expressed remorse, and after years
applied for a pardon. It’s not particularly
unusual for presidents to pardon prominent people,
including high-profile associates caught up in
the criminal justice system, but they typically do
it late in their terms. That doesn’t mean there are
no responses to pardons people might find
inappropriate. Impeachment of course
is a possibility, or political consequences. “I feel that Richard Nixon
and his loved ones have suffered enough.” When President
Gerald Ford pardoned President Nixon
after Nixon resigned, it surely contributed to
President Ford’s inability to gain election. President Trump has used
his pardon authority really exclusively to focus
on prominent people, often people closely
aligned with him politically or caught up in investigations
that he finds unfair because they mirror
investigations of him and his associates. Many of the cases involve
prosecutions brought by people that
President Trump dislikes, notably the former director
of the F.B.I. and the former United States attorney from the
Southern District of New York in Manhattan, whom
President Trump fired. To associates entangled
in the Russia investigation, they might think that
President Trump’s willingness to issue these pardons suggests he’s prepared
to pardon them as well.


29 thoughts on “How Trump Is Using the Power to Pardon | NYT News”

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  • Trump is giving pardons out to all rich people,what about all the poor people sent to prison by a corrupt criminal justice system? So is this how he is going to make America great again by catering to the rich?

  • Kathleen Greves says:

    wow the Russian trolls are out in force today.. so my comment on the video is.. what do you expect from a criminal thug who has Putin telling him what to do ,, and of course Steve Miller ..

  • quarry creek says:

    Reporting and making a video on "what Trump might do" The NYT is new Buzzfeed, one with videos that aren't as entertaining or informational as Buzzfeed's videos.

  • ์™œ๊ทธ๋ž˜ says:

    The president 's amnesty should be respected ,. Human beings have a habit of seeing only what they want to see ,. Sometimes if you do not criticize President Trump about " blame "

    In the end, the role of the media will be accepted by the people as " criticism, not criticism "

  • Donald Brown says:

    As an indigenous schizophrenic transgender liberal midget we are gonna ride that bluewave back to the white house
    vote Manchelle in 2020.

  • Robert Burns says:

    Mocking bird media MSNBS and The Clinton news network running the same 4am talking points like good little shills

  • Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', say psychiatry experts at Yale conference
    Mental health experts say President is 'paranoid and delusional'
    It's about time to impeach him!

  • Of course he believes he can pardon himself; he is a lying self centered psychopath who somehow made it into the WH. Sorry, I cannot comprehend that he was elected fairly, appointed by a greedy group of white boys, maybe, but fairly elected, don't think so. The more I see of the elected GOP, it appears that the dumbing down of America is accomplished. You have the cow Sarah Sanders who lies for him and becomes indignant when no one believes her and the nasty pieces of work in his cabinet are almost like daring people to arrest them. What is up with the whack job RG saying Trump could shoot Comey and get away with it. Personally I think that more than a few of them might have rabies and are in need of being put down.

  • Nadia Silvershine says:

    I hereby advocate 5:30 pm on June 4th 2018 the peaceful (if possible) but firm overthrow of President Donald J. Trump and every single person serving in his cabinet. I am not advocating prison time; just please, men of the Secret Service and men of the Capitol police, please escort the President and the cabinet members out and deposit them on the sidewalk with no Secret Service protection whatsoever, not even for Donald Trump himself. I am a private citizen living in San Rafael California. I have no fear; I am breaking the law, but following a higher law. I am at my apartment, if you wish to arrest me. Ted Lieu can serve as interim President with Jeff Flake serving as interim Vice President.

  • ะกะตั€ะถ ะจัƒะปัั‡ะตะฝะบะพ says:

    Trump pretends to the Nobel Peace Prize photo

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