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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

For more than 125 years, the Office of the Pardon Attorney in the Justice Department has quietly served as the key adviser on clemency, one of the most unlimited powers bestowed on the president by the Constitution. Under Trump, the pardon office has become a bureaucratic way station....

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Most of Trump's grants of clemency have gone to well-connected offenders who had not filed petitions with the pardon office or did not meet its requirements, The Post review shows.

"The joy you get finding meritorious people, working on those cases, making recommendations that go to the White House, seeing people receive the grants " you feel like you've done something," said Larry Kupers, the former head of the office, who quit last year. "If that's not happening, it feels like you are spinning your wheels."

Trump's approach is legal. The Constitution's only restriction on the pardon power is that it applies exclusively to federal crimes and not to impeachment.

For pardons, the office looks for acceptance of responsibility and good conduct for a substantial period of time after conviction, among other considerations, according to Justice Department guidelines. Commutations hinge on the undue severity of a sentence, the amount of time served and demonstrated rehabilitation.

The pardon office's decisions undergo scrutiny by the deputy attorney general, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, who makes final recommendations to the Office of White House Counsel. During the Trump administration, the counsel's office has been almost singularly focused on selecting conservative judicial nominees and, more recently, impeachment.

This isn't about CAN Trump go around the process for clemency set up long before his presidency because he can do whatever he wants. But doesn't he still owe something to the process where thousands are waiting for his decision on their petitions too? His pace of clearance is the lowest in more than 40 years while many more cases numerically are in process than decades before. But again, I forget that this President isn't a champion for justice, he's holding it hostage and keeps threatening to kill it.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-02-18 10:32 PM | Reply

Are people expecting Trump to be fair, or something?

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-19 08:29 AM | Reply

Some people paid for these Trump pardons in cash. It's just what happened.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-19 08:30 AM | Reply

To be fair, did all 13,000 pay their $200,000 to King Trump?

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-19 11:40 AM | Reply

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