The presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio revealed more than Trump’s contempt for courts and the law, which was not exactly a secret anyway. Defending his decision to relieve the lawless lawman of the penalty for defying a federal court order, Trump endorsed his execrable, bigoted, extremely costly record in office. Just […]
When Donald Trump issued a tweet reminding everyone that as president he has “the complete power to pardon,” did he mean to suggest that he can pardon himself? Or simply to boast that he can issue pardons without consulting any other authority or facing any consequences? The impact of Trump’s provocative statement — along with […]
Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. As Obama enters the final days of his administration, he has dramatically picked up the pace.