Trump finalizing pardons list on eve of Biden inauguration

On his method out the door, President Trump was still settling the list of pardons he was going to issue late Tuesday night, a senior administration authorities informed CBS News. The authorities said Mr. Trump was still thinking about a pardon for Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, although he was being advised versus it.

CBS News reported earlier this week that Mr. Trump was expected to release approximately 100 commutations and pardons. Mr. Trump had approved 70 pardons as of late Tuesday, the bulk of those in December, according to Justice Department records..
The president waited till after the November election to release a few of his most controversial pardons, including for previous project supervisor Paul Manafort, Jared Kushners found guilty daddy Charles Kushner, and long time Trump ally Roger Stone. By the time President Obama had actually left office, he had pardoned 212 individuals; 189 were pardoned by President George W. Bush; and 396 received a pardon from President Clinton, according to the Justice Department. Mr. Trump isnt the very first president to release extremely slammed pardons. Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, and Mr. Clinton gave clemency to friends and fans. The presidents pardon powers are practically limitless when it pertains to federal crimes. The presidential pardon power enables the president to pardon any federal criminal offense– it does not apply to state crimes. Post II of the Constitution states that the president “shall have power to give reprieves and pardons for offenses versus the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”.

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