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Because while Trump has used widespread presidential power sparingly during his four years in office, he has used it primarily for his close political allies.

Trump has pardoned, commuted or overturned the sentences of 45 people during his four years in office.

Conversely, Barack Obama he did the same with 1,927 people during his presidency.
Donald Trump uses his power of forgiveness to save a turkey from a Thanksgiving table.
Donald Trump uses his power of forgiveness to save a turkey from a Thanksgiving table. (AP)

But General Flynn, like many of those who received Trump’s pardon, was a close friend and adviser.

Trump has already pardoned controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, political agent Roger Stone and media mogul Conrad Black.

They had all been ardent supporters and friends of Trump.

Joe Arpaio had been found guilty but not sentenced when he was pardoned by Donald Trump.
Joe Arpaio had been found guilty but not sentenced when he was pardoned by Donald Trump. (AP)

One of them, Clint Lorance, had been convicted after his own soldiers testified against him.

Who could Trump forgive next?

There is a litany of other Trump associates who have been convicted of crimes and may be seeking a pardon.

Among them are campaign chairman Paul Manafort, co-chair Rick Gates, personal attorney Michael Cohen, former White House aide Steve Bannon and campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

Charles Kushner, your son-in-law’s father, may also be seeking forgiveness.

The elderly Mr. Kushner was jailed in 2005 after hiring a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law after he testified against him in another federal case.

Top fundraiser Elliot Broidy may also be looking for a pardon.

Joe Exotic from Tiger King
Joe Exotic from Tiger King (Instagram)

Can Trump forgive himself?

The other question being asked is whether the president will try to forgive himself for federal crimes he has not been charged with.

Gerald Ford granted a blanket pardon to Richard Nixon for crimes of which he had not been charged.

And Trump himself has insisted that he has the right to forgive himself.

“As numerous jurists have said, I have the absolute right to FORGIVE ME, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” tweeted in 2018.

Other academics are skeptical that a president can forgive himself, but it is an unproven legal basis.

He is currently being investigated for the secret payments his attorney Michael Cohen made to a porn star, Stormy Daniels.

Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the silence money.

Michael Cohen arrives at his New York apartment on May 21, 2020. (AP / John Minchillo)

But most of Trump’s potential legal troubles come from state prosecutors, and the New York attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney take a close look at his tax claims.

Presidents can only pardon federal crimes, so if Trump is convicted in a New York State court, there is nothing he can do about it.

Donald Trump uses his power of forgiveness to save a turkey from a Thanksgiving table.
Donald Trump uses his power of forgiveness to save a turkey from a Thanksgiving table. (AP)

Controversial presidential pardons

Personally motivated presidential pardons are not new. On his last day as president, Bill Clinton granted a pardon to his younger brother.

Roger Clinton, or as the Secret Service codenamed him, Headache, had been convicted of cocaine possession and drug trafficking in 1985.

Clinton also controversially pardoned two former congressmen and several generous donors.

The most notorious presidential pardon was granted by Gerald Ford to his predecessor Richard Nixon.

Mr. Ford issued a “full and unconditional pardon for any crime that (Mr. Nixon) may have committed against the United States as president.”

President Gerald Ford reads a proclamation at the White House on September 8, 1974, granting former President Richard Nixon “a full, free, and absolute pardon” for all “crimes against America” ​​during the term of his presidency. (AP)

The clemency, issued before Nixon was charged with any crime, proved deeply unpopular across the United States.

It is considered one of the main reasons that Ford lost his electoral candidacy two years later to Jimmy Carter.


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