Tag: Amnesties, Commutations and Pardons

Manafort Folds. Now What?

Advertisement His cooperation agreement with Robert Mueller is the start of a new chapter in the special counsel’s investigation. By Noah Bookbinder, Barry Berke and Norman L. Eisen Mr. Bookbinder is the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Mr. Berke is a co-chairman of the litigation […]

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Pardon Seekers Have a New Strategy in the Trump Era: ‘It’s Who You Know’

In 2014, the Obama administration set up a clemency initiative that led to 1,715 sentence commutations, by far the most of any president. Still, this accounted for only about 5 percent of the commutation petitions submitted during his two terms. As for full pardons, the Obama administration was stingier than most of its predecessors. The […]

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Trump : Trump and the Return of Divine Right

Advertisement In deploying his pardon power freely and using the Bible to justify family separation, the president is exactly the sort of ruler that Enlightenment thinkers feared. By David Armitage Mr. Armitage is a professor of history at Harvard. July 12, 2018 CreditIllustration by Tyler Comrie; Photographs by Bahadir Tanriover, Imran Kadir Photography, and Jason_V, […]

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Trump Pardons Oregon Men Whose Case Sparked Wildlife Refuge Takeover

President Trump on Tuesday pardoned a pair of Oregon cattle ranchers who had been serving out sentences for arson on federal land — sentences that set off an armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in 2016. Dwight L. Hammond, now 76, and his son, Steven D. Hammond, 49, became a cause célèbre that inspired an […]

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President Trump, Here’s Whom You Should Pardon

President Trump recently made an offer to National Football League players like us who are committed to protesting injustice. Instead of protesting, he suggested, we should give him names of people we believe were “unfairly treated by the justice system.” If he agrees they were treated unfairly, he said, he will pardon them. To be […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Lesser Cruelty on Immigration

Let’s start with the easy part. The policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border, delivering them into a bureaucratic labyrinth while their fathers and mothers await trial or petition for asylum, is the wickedest thing the Trump administration has done so far — and you can tell exactly how wicked by […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: A Present-Day Bull Connor

Trump already knows these cases, but rather than show any sympathy for the dead, he simply cheers for more police, more police pressure, and more police brutality. During the campaign, Trump traveled to Sanford, Fla., where Trayvon Martin had been killed by George Zimmerman. Trump never mentioned Martin, but said: “African-Americans are living in hell […]

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Trump Says He’s Considering a Pardon for Muhammad Ali

Mr. Trump has been embroiled by the ongoing special counsel investigation into his presidential campaign’s ties with Russia and whether he tried to obstruct justice. In recent weeks, he has drawn positive media coverage by considering how broadly he might exercise what appears to be the president’s unlimited authority to pardon people who have been […]

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News Analysis: Trump and His Lawyers Embrace a Vision of Vast Executive Power

He added: “They are saying not just that the president is above the law, but in effect that he is the law — that he is the personification of justice and cannot obstruct himself. That is very stark and not very persuasive.” The constitutional theory Mr. Trump’s team has put forward is not his first […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Does the Law Apply to Donald Trump?

I asked Bob Bauer, who was Barack Obama’s White House counsel, about Giuliani’s argument. “Why in the world would you decide to invite into the discussion whether the president could murder people and escape indictment for as long as he or she is in office?” he asked. “That’s not where you want to go, because […]

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Pardon System Needs Fixing, Advocates Say, but They Cringe at Trump’s Approach

Now they have one in President Trump, who has pardoned five people in his first 17 months in office and bypassed the Justice Department’s recommendation system to do so. This week, he pardoned Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative commentator who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating campaign finance law. Mr. D’Souza responded on Twitter by claiming […]

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All About Dinesh D’Souza, Who Is Set for a Trump Pardon

He has been the subject of personal and political controversies. In 2012, Mr. D’Souza resigned as president of the Christian-affiliated King’s College after he was spotted entering a hotel with a woman who was not his wife, from whom he had been separated. Mr. D’Souza has frequently been criticized for making incendiary or conspiracy-promoting remarks, […]

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Trump Meets With Kim. Kim Kardashian West, That Is.

WASHINGTON — Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday, and the subject seemed an unlikely one for a glamorous celebrity and cosmetics mogul: prison reform. But the reason for Ms. Kardashian West’s interest is the case of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old Tennessee woman who, according to the nonprofit project […]

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