White House Statements on Executive Grants of Clemency…

The White House has released an outline of multiple persons who are receiving executive grants of clemency from President Trump.

PARDONS: President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting Full Pardons to the following individuals: Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Michael Milken, Ariel Friedler, Bernard Kerik, Paul Pogue, David Safavian, and Angela Stanton.

COMMUTATIONS: In addition, President Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting commutations to Rod Blagojevich, Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron.

♦ Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is a successful businessman, real estate developer, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the 23 years that he owned the San Francisco 49ers, the team won an unprecedented 13 division titles and 5 Super Bowl Championships. In 1998, he was convicted for failing to report a felony regarding payment demanded for a riverboat casino license, and he was sentenced to 2 years’ probation. Mr. DeBartolo did not allow his conviction to define his life. He remained a generous philanthropist and passionate supporter of numerous charitable causes, including charter schools like the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, and anti-gang violence initiatives.

His exceptional compassion and warmth define his character to this day. Mr. DeBartolo treated players and coaches as part of his family. Many prominent individuals from the National Football League have strongly advocated for this pardon, including Joe Montana, Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley, Derrick Brooks, Fred Dean, Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, and Roger Goodell. They have been joined in their support by other notable figures and organizations, including Pastor Darrell Scott, Kareem Lanier, Paul Anka, and the Urban Revitalization Coalition.

♦ Michael Milken, one of America’s greatest financiers, pioneered the use of high-yield bonds in corporate finance. His innovative work greatly expanded access to capital for emerging companies. By enabling smaller players to access the financing they needed to compete, Mr. Milken’s efforts helped create entire industries, such as wireless communications and cable television, and transformed others, like home building. Mr. Milken’s work also democratized corporate finance by providing women and minorities access to capital that would have been unavailable to them otherwise.

In 1989, at the height of his finance career, Mr. Milken was charged in an indictment alleging that some of his innovative financing mechanisms were in fact criminal schemes. The charges filed against Mr. Milken were truly novel. In fact, one of the lead prosecutors later admitted that Mr. Milken had been charged with numerous technical offenses and regulatory violations that had never before been charged as crimes.

Though he initially vowed to fight the charges, Mr. Milken ultimately pled guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping criminal charges against his younger brother. As a result, Mr. Milken served 2 years in prison in the early 1990s. Since his release, Mr. Milken has dedicated his life to philanthropy, continuing charitable work that he began before his indictment. Over the years, Mr. Milken—either personally or through foundations he created—has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in critical funding to medical research, education, and disadvantaged children.

Mr. Milken’s philanthropy has been particularly influential in the fight against prostate cancer and has been credited with saving many lives. This pardon has widespread and longstanding support, including from the following individuals: Dr. Miriam Adelson, Sheldon Adelson, David Bahnsen, Tom Barrack, Maria Bartiromo, Ron Burkle, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, William Ford, Josh Friedman, Rudy Guiliani, Josh Harris, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Ray Irani, Robert Kraft, Richard LeFrak, Randy Levine, Howard Lorber, Representative Kevin McCarthy, Larry Mizel, Arte Moreno, Rupert Murdoch, Sean Parker, John Paulson, Nelson Peltz, Steven Roth, David Rubenstein, Larry Ruvo, Marc Stern, Steven Tananbaum, Ted Virtue, Andrew von Eschenbach, Mark Weinberger, and Gary Winnick.

♦ Ariel Friedler was a successful entrepreneur, and built a successful technology company that employed more than 150 people and served more than 41 million students, staff, employers, and government constituents worldwide. In 2014, while serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Friedler pled guilty to conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization and served 2 months in prison.

As a result of this incident, he was forced to sell the company that he had dedicated his life to building. During the investigation, his time in prison, and after his release, Mr. Friedler expressed deep remorse for his actions. Since his release, Mr. Friedler has volunteered his time and expertise to promoting veterans issues and helping former prisoners reenter and rejoin society. In recognition of his rehabilitation, the State of Florida restored his license to practice law. Among those who support this grant of clemency are former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Rabbi Katz of the Aleph Institute.

♦ Bernard Kerik courageously led the New York Police Department’s heroic response to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, as Commissioner of the New York Police Department. He embodied the strength, courage, compassion, and spirit of the people of New York and this great Nation as he served alongside first responders at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the attack. In 2010, Mr. Kerik was sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment for tax fraud and for making false statements. Since his conviction, he has focused on improving the lives of others, including as a passionate advocate for criminal justice and prisoner reentry reform. His 30 years of law enforcement service and tenure as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction have given him a unique understanding and perspective on criminal justice and prisoner reentry reform, and he remains an invaluable contributor to these endeavors.

Mr. Kerik is the recipient of countless awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a Presidential Commendation for Heroism from President Ronald Reagan. Among others, this pardon is supported by Rudy Giuliani, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Charlie Daniels, Chief Paul Cell, Judge Ray Reddin, Former Chief of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department John Comparetto, Representative Peter King, Christopher Ruddy, Chief and Mrs. Eddie Gallagher, and Sidney Powell.

♦ Paul Pogue was the owner of a successful construction company and made significant charitable contributions every year. An audit by the Internal Revenue Service discovered that Mr. Pogue had underpaid his taxes over a 3-year period by approximately 10 percent. Immediately upon learning of the tax deficiency, Mr. Pogue paid restitution, interest, and penalties. To avoid the cost and burden of fighting the charges, which could have put at risk the jobs of the 150 people employed by his company, Mr. Pogue agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to 3 years of probation.

Despite his conviction, Mr. Pogue never stopped his charitable work. For more than 30 years, he has provided significant humanitarian aid to countries around the world, including Africa, India, and Mexico, all while continuing to help his fellow Americans in times of need. Mr. Pogue is the founder of two non-profit organizations. One constructs churches, clinics, schools, and orphanages in developing countries. The other provides disaster relief to communities in need.

Following Hurricane Harvey, his charity provided critical support to Texans rebuilding their lives in the wake of the storm. In addition, Mr. Pogue’s non-profit flies medical teams into disaster areas and flies people in need of medical treatment to doctors and hospitals. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Mike Buster, Steve Dulin, Robert Morris, Jack Graham, and James Robison are among the many people who support this grant of clemency.

♦ David Safavian has dedicated his life to criminal justice reform after serving nearly a year in prison. Mr. Safavian was convicted of making false statements and of obstructing an investigation into a trip he took while he was a senior government official. Having served time in prison and completed the process of rejoining society with a felony conviction, Mr. Safavian is uniquely positioned to identify problems with the criminal justice system and work to fix them. Mr. Safavian is a fierce advocate for policy changes that improve public safety, protect families and victims, and reduce recidivism, including the First Step Act, which provides prisoners with a second chance through rehabilitative programs, fair sentencing, and smart confinement. The District of Columbia restored his license to practice law, and his pardon is supported by several prominent individuals, including Van Jones, Matt Schlapp, Mercedes Schlapp, Doug Deason, Mark Holden, Topeka Sam, Dan Schneider, and Jessica Jackson.

♦ Angela Stanton overcame a difficult childhood to become a champion for redemption and rehabilitation for all who strive for a better life. In 2007, she served a 6-month home confinement sentence for her role in a stolen vehicle ring. Today, Ms. Stanton is a national best-selling author, widely acclaimed television personality, and proponent of criminal justice reform. She works tirelessly to improve reentry outcomes for people returning to their communities upon release from prison, focusing on the critical role of families in the process. This pardon is supported by Alveda King.

•In light of the decisions these individuals have made following their convictions to work to improve their communities and our Nation, the President has determined that they are each deserving of full pardons.

•In addition, the President is commuting the sentences of four individuals who have paid their debts to society and have worked to improve their lives and the lives of others while incarcerated.

♦Rod Blagojevich was the Governor of Illinois from 2003 until 2009, when he was charged with, among other things, offering an appointment to the United States Senate in exchange for campaign contributions. He was convicted of those charges and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Although the Seventh Circuit reversed some of his convictions related to the Senate appointment, it did not alter his 14-year sentence. He has spent 8 years in prison.

People from across the political spectrum and from varied backgrounds have expressed support for shortening Mr. Blagojevich’s sentence, including Senator Dick Durbin, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., former Representative Bob Barr, Representatives Bobby Rush and Danny Davis, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and Bishop Byron Brazier. Additionally, more than a hundred of Mr. Blagojevich’s fellow inmates have written letters in support of reducing his sentence. During his confinement, Mr. Blagojevich has demonstrated exemplary character, devoting himself to improving the lives of his fellow prisoners. He tutors and teaches GED classes, mentors prisoners regarding personal and professional development, and speaks to them about their civic duties. Notwithstanding his lengthy sentence, Mr. Blagojevich also counsels inmates to believe in the justice system and to use their time in prison for self-improvement. His message has been to “keep faith, overcome fear, and never give up.”

♦ Tynice Nichole Hall is a 36-year-old mother who has served nearly 14 years of an 18-year sentence for allowing her apartment to be used to distribute drugs. While in prison, Ms. Hall has completed a number of job-training programs and apprenticeships, as well as coursework towards a college degree. In addition, Ms. Hall has taught prison educational programs to other inmates. She has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has worked hard to rehabilitate herself. Among those who support this grant of clemency are Clemency for All Non-Violent Drug Offenders Foundation, Alice Johnson, Dan Schneider, Matt Whitaker, Adam Brandon, Kevin Roberts, Brett Tolman, and John Hostettler.

♦ Crystal Munoz has spent the past 12 years in prison as a result of a conviction for having played a small role in a marijuana smuggling ring. During this time, she has mentored people working to better their lives, volunteered with a hospice program, and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to rehabilitation. The Texas A&M Criminal Defense Clinic, the Clemency for All Non-Violent Drug Offenders Foundation, Dan Schneider, Matt Whitaker, Adam Brandon, Kevin Roberts, Brett Tolman, John Hostettler, and Alice Johnson are among the many who support this grant of clemency.

♦ Judith Negron is a 48-year-old wife and mother who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her role as a minority-owner of a healthcare company engaged in a scheme to defraud the Federal Government. Ms. Negron has served 8 years of her sentence and has spent this time working to improve her life and the lives of her fellow inmates. Her prison warden and her counselor have written letters in support of clemency. According to her warden, Ms. Negron “has always shown herself to be a model inmate who works extremely well with others and has established a good working relationship with staff and inmates.” This grant of clemency is supported by the Clemency for All Non-Violent Drug Offenders Foundation, Dan Schneider, Matt Whitaker, Adam Brandon, Kevin Roberts, Brett Tolman, John Hostettler, and Alice Johnson, among others.

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131 Responses to White House Statements on Executive Grants of Clemency…

  1. ZurichMike says:

    Have the NeverTrumpers started screeching yet?

    Liked by 11 people

  2. richq11 says:

    One thing I noticed about Mike Miliken’s “junk bonds” is the people that bought the Walmart bonds aren’t complaining right now. Those people that sued went in with their eyes open- hypocrites!

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  3. Hans says:

    I love it… you want to give Roger Stone 7 to 9 .. all of these spent years while Wolf leaked top secret FISA Warrent got two months.. the squeeze is on.. what is the deep state going to do…

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  4. RickCollins says:

    For the criminal lowlifes who “redeemed themselves in prison-exactly how much did they steal or how much did they traffic?” I bet the figures are staggering.

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  5. thedoc00 says:

    Contrast this list with the list of those pardoned or who had sentences commuted by Clinton and Obama. Not single word of redemption can be said about those set loose by Clinton or Obama. Then of course we have the essential pardoning of terrorist enemies of the US, by Obama who left Guitmo and returned to killing and attacking the US.

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    • Or, contrast that list with the disgraceful pardoning of billionaire Marc Rich by Bill Clinton, which may rate as the most singular corrupt quid-pro-quo of a Presidential Pardon for Cash in the history of US Presidents. Twenty years later, even shameless Eric Holder (who was then-Deputy Attorney General for Clinton) is ashamed of having made a pardon recommendation for this disgraceful end-around justice. Even the Pro-Clinton FNYT called the Rich pardon “a shocking abuse of presidential power.” Can’t wait to see what the FNYT has to say about President Trump’s pardons, but I won’t hold my breath anticipating it will be anything affirmative.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      It was also nice to read the names of those advocating for the pardons/clemency; adds depth to the thoughtful consideration the President put into his decision.

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  6. Peoria Jones says:

    I loathe Rod Blago with all of my being – for personal, professional, and financial reasons (which I will not elaborate upon further). Naturally, I am not thrilled about POTUS granting him clemency.

    That said, I fully support President Trump and believe that he has done this for reasons which will benefit our nation as a whole. I may never fully understand, but it is apparent that PDJT is a man of mystery who always has plans of action going on all fronts.

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    • California Joe says:

      Eight years in prison is a long time. He didn’t enjoy it that’s for sure.

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    • jumpinjarhead says:

      A mature and reasoned post. Very rare in this era of (anti) social media. Well done.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      IMO Blago may have something to say about the Senate selling scheme. And other schemes he was privy to or was involved with. We will see.

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      • 4EDouglas says:

        Like the seat belonged to a certain now ex-president?
        who had nothing to do with the sceme or so we are led to believe..

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        • Janie M. says:

          4EDouglas, I’m in IL (since ’72) and had never heard of ozero before; suddenly he was this political phenom. He was allegedly a “community organizer” and being touted as a political contender. Didn’t pass my smell test. I understood he would avoid criticism of his political decisions/voting record while in IL by always just voting “present.”

          I suspect he was being groomed by an anonymous group of well-heeled individuals who were aware they had someone compliant who provide them with political outcomes they desired. And… any criticism directed his way would be considered “racist.”

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    • GB Bari says:

      I distinctly remember Blagojevich, who at the time of his downfall appeared to be a less-than-honorable opportunist. Now, I wouldn’t trust any recommendation from Dick Durbin. But I do trust PDJT’s judgement, so…..

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      • Strangely Accurate says:

        Unfortunately for Republicans in Illinois, the party has no political skill. I immediately went over to Blago’s house to support our President’s decision. The head of the Republican party in Illinois on the other hand is blind and cannot see this as an opportunity to spin this decision favorably for conservatives and his own party.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Seeing this as an insurance play against resurgence of <0bunghole in the 2020 election campaign. Blago "made" <0 but got no protection; in fact, got thrown to the prosecutorial wolves. Did he deserve what he got? At the time, probably. Does he deserve some credit for repentance and redemption? If it's real, definitely. It probably won't take long to find out if any of the above is true or not.

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    • donna kovacevic says:

      I was surprised to hear Blago is a D. Most American-Serbs that live in Illinois are R and there is a huge serbian community in both Ill and Indiana some are relatives of mine. Blago going to jail was a big embarrassment to the Serbian Orthodox community.I certainly hope he humbly goes to church lights a candle, thanks our Father in heaven and PDJT, at the same time asks for forgiveness in all corrupt things he may have done.

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  7. bkrg2 says:

    I guess our President was feeling that there is not enough controversy with his present situation?

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  8. Publius2016 says:

    Would’ve preferred Pardon for Blago but understand Republicans in Illinois would’ve revolted…

    Blago would win Illinois again if given the chance!

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    • California Joe says:

      Maybe Blago will win as a Republican! It’s the Democrats who put him in prison.

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      • Rileytrips says:

        He can never serve in public office.

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        • BLaw says:

          But you can bet Blago will advocate for Trump in Illinois. He still has a following; especially among the working class. Trump can’t win in Illinois, but he may win more votes.

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        • Publius2016 says:

          Funny but in Illinois, Blago may be able to run again!

          Imagine Mayor Blago lol

          ABC: “There are limitations on what a convicted felon can do, and among them are typically running for office, voting, possession a firearm, and those limitations may apply to him,” said Soffer.

          Soffer said the in order for Blagojevich to vote or run for office again, he would have to seek relief from the state with government authorities. It is not an automatic process, and he will be released from prison with all the felony restrictions imposed on him.

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      • Les D says:

        California, funny and technically true. The Dems did put him in jail.

        But, it was Bush’s AG Mukasey and Mueller as FBI boss that did the work up in 2008/09. Obama won, sworn in Jan 2009, Blago indicted 4 mos later, but Obama kept Bush appt US Atty Patrick Fitzgerald, the godfather to one of Comey’s kids, as US Atty in Chicago for the two trials.

        Blago was re-tried after the first jury was hung on 20 something counts, convicted him only of lying to Mueller’s FBI. Different D attorney for Blago 2nd trial, bad move, and he went down and caught 14 years.

        So you’re right, Obama’s DOJ did prosecute him, and the state Dems impeached him with the Repub’s, 114-1, no surprise/no choice. And no love lost ‘tween him and IL Dem Regular’s during most of his two term tenure. Probably a badge of honor. He wasn’t giving them all their cookies. IL thanks to the Dems who have controlled the Legislature for almost all of the last years 40 years has the 2nd highest State debt behind only NJ, and it was already huge before Blago started saying no, they were calling him “Gov No”.

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    • alliwantissometruth says:

      Why Pub? Blago was just another thoroughly corrupt democrat who learned his corruption craft from the criminal Chicago Democrat Machine

      He’s a scumbag that went right along with the agenda, including giving illegal aliens every tool needed to stay and continue their invasion of our country

      He doesn’t give a damn about America and we shouldn’t give a damn about him

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      • rashomon says:

        alliwant, I agree that he was as bad as the machine he represented that has abused the citizens for a century, but the sentence was a bit extreme. A criminal justice professor told me the AVERAGE sentence for a rape is four years; for a homicide it’s 14.

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      • Publius2016 says:

        Illinois has jailed other politicians so nothing new…here Deep State went after Blago to make an example of him…

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      • peace says:

        Maybe Blago has changed his tune and could help the Illinois Republican party since the head of this party here is pretty useless. He certainly can’t do any harm. When you’re at the bottom, the only place you can go is up.

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      • Peoria Jones says:

        I don’t know where Publius is from, but Blago is hated downstate. He did two things immediately after taking office to “fundamentally transform” Illinois:

        First, Blago implemented massive fees, which drove businesses out of state. Many went to MO, a few to IN, and others were simply ruined.

        Then, he literally moved the state capitol from Springfield to Chicago. He refused to reside in the beautiful Governor’s mansion (which became run down) and “moved” those state employee jobs up to Chicago. It affected far more people than just those who lost their jobs. Think of all those offices sitting empty, and the downstream consequences.

        Illinois has never recovered, and I think we all know the sorry shape it’s in now.

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    • Les D says:

      Pubius, thousands agree. People forget he was tried twice–the first time hung on all counts except? Lying to the FBI. For that he should get whacked. Talk to then Mueller’s FBI? Are you really that stupid and Blago was an Asst State’s Attorney in the 80’s.

      He never put a penny in his personal pocket, the people he was convicted of soliciting for his campaign fund never gave. The dissent in the Court of Appeals said he was “logrolling like pol’s have been doing for 100 years”. His mistake was he didn’t know how the rest of the politician’s do it legal.

      14 years for that was so out whack, worse then Stone’s recommendation. Some people in the press think nobody should complain about that, but agree Blago’s pardon was good. Same result. Baffling.

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  9. TreeClimber says:

    I wish a person of national standing would ask for a pardon for poor Officer Slager. Talk about framed and tampered evidence…

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    • California Joe says:

      Absolutely! A total frame job and the prosecution knew it. He had been fighting with the perp who used the taser on the officer. He shot the perp while stunned and then tossed the taser down on the ground. He was totally justified as was the man in Clearwater was attacked coming out of a convenience store. The Florida Sheriff refused to arrest the man saying he was justified but the State Attorney went Zimmerman on the guy and convicted him. He had a CCW and was on the ground being pounded by a huge black guy who had multiple arrests! So much for self- defense

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      • TreeClimber says:

        I know why Summey did it – it was at the height of the BLM nastiness and they were just dying for a chance to Baltimore/Ferguson North Charleston, and his shenanigans around that time prevented the whole city going up in flames. But it resulted in several gross miscarriages of justice, and I wish that Slager, at least, would get some long-overdue justice.

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    • Angel Martin says:

      Totally agree ! I thought everyone but me had forgotten about Michael Slager.

      That one is going to have to wait until after the election.

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    • boogywstew says:

      I agree with your position 100%! I was relatively new to the Treehouse when this occurred and I remember most people here supporting Officer Slager’s conviction. It’s a very sore point with me.

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    • DeWalt says:

      Slager is in prison on state charges. Trump can only act on Federal charges.

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  10. Horsesforcourses says:

    Yes. Giuiani Roger Stoned him.

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  11. nerveman says:

    Trump is making a statement. He is saying that if you have a two tiered
    justice system then he is going to level the playing field to the lowest
    common denominator that the left uses for itself. It’s a liberal head
    popping move. At first glance it looks like it could backfire. We will
    see if it works in typical Trump fashion.

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    • JC says:

      👍🏻 For every ridiculous and vicious crime the Swamp perpetrates against Americans, the President has already anticipated it and has several end-runs lined up. Some will be efficiently dispatched to the Press Operatives via the President’s designated leaker-staff of useful idiots.

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  12. OhNoYouDont says:

    President Trump – promises made, promises kept.

    Alice Johnson must have produced her list.

    Alice Johnson supported commuting the sentences of Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron.

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  13. The Deplorable Tina says:

    Noticed Alice Johnson is one of the referring people on a few of the pardons. Nice!

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  14. lcsteel says:

    Blago may know where some of the Dems corruption is buried.

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  15. maxwell102 says:

    wikipedia thinks so

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  16. Parrot says:

    The Judicial left are unhappy that they’re not able to impose 7 years for trivial gadfly Stone and 0 years for McCabe for exactly the same crime without comment from the plebs.
    McCabe’s crime being much more serious because of his position of trust.
    How dare anyone mention it.

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  17. palafox says:

    Trump was considering at one time a pardon for Martha Stewart. Wonder why he didn’t throw this one in there.

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    • Summer says:

      Wasn’t Martha badmouthing PDJT not so long ago? She might regret it now.

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      • Bendix says:

        They did have some sort of feud going.
        He is looking at people who weren’t treated fairly by the courts/Comey etc. She stands out as a glaring example.
        She went to prison for no crime at all.

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  18. Bendix says:

    I was kind of hoping I’d see Martha Stewart on that list of pardons.

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  19. I don’t agree with freeing Hall, Munoz, or Negron. Why free someone who helped peddle poison in America, or ripped off American taxpayers to the tune of $200m+?

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  20. Alice Johnson recommended several of the women; think it is great that she is having her voice heard and it doesn’t hurt that she speaks highly of P/T.

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  21. PinotNoir says:

    Blagovich- what a disappointment. The poster child for everything wrong in politics.

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  22. Doppler says:

    Class act demonstrating his merciful side.

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  23. Boots says:

    Anyone else notice the sentencing of the “little people”? 35 years. 18 years. 14 years. The ‘justice system’ face slammed those ‘nobodies’ into the pavement. But Wolf? 2 months. McCabe? Nada. Comey? Nada. Awan bros? peanuts.

    If you’re the average jack or jill and you run afoul of the system you better have tons and tons of cash for the best d–n lawyer you can find. Not the kind of lawyer who wants to make a deal or anything else like that. But the kind who (assuming you ain’t guilty) will go for the jugular, pull out all the stops, leave no stone unturned, and be a pit bull on PCP at trial.

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  24. As I read through the article describing the individuals who will be receiving pardons and commutations, I was struck by the descriptions of the felony charges brought against these people, such as “… convicted of making false statements and of obstructing an investigation…” You know, I can easily understand how getting a gun and walking into a bank to rob it, is a crime. And, everyone knows that repeatedly plunging a knife into another person’s body is an evil, terrible thing to do, and that it’s wrong.

    But what good criminal wakes up in the morning and decides that they’ll go make some “false statements”? Or, if they’re feeling especially thug-ish, they’ll commit a little “conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization.” We have criminalized routine activity of just about everything, short of breathing. ANYONE could be convicted of **SOMETHING** which would necessitate 15 years of imprisonment.

    It’s no wonder there’s an elderly white man with no criminal record who, on Thursday, will be sentenced to 7-9 years of prison, but who didn’t steal anything, didn’t hurt anyone, and didn’t commit a violent act. His offenses do not include homicide, kidnapping, assault or battery, robbery, burglary, or even cruelty to animals.

    It’s been a while since Moses came down from the mount, but we might be better served by ditching the grossly inflated US Criminal Code and starting over, with an emphasis on eschewing murder, adultery, theft, dishonesty, coveting and keeping the Sabbath day holy. This time, let’s insist that criminal acts be actually criminal.

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    • X XYZ says:

      The only thing worse than having too few laws, is having too many laws. Once virtually everything is illegal, anyone can be prosecuted for anything.

      “If you want to beat a dog, you can always find a stick.”
      And if you want to beat a man, you can always find a LAW.

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    • Dixie says:

      We also might be better served if lawyers and judges weren’t allowed to take out personal predjudices on individuals they don’t like.

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    • TexanInFL says:

      The answer here is DO NOT talk to Law Enforcement if detained or arrested or even asked in for questioning, except with an attorney. Especially not the FIB.

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  25. CNN_sucks says:

    Hope that people who PDJT pardon will not go back in the life of crime.

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  26. What if President Trump issued a pardon for Julian Assange? Would that assure that Assange would never make it out of a UK prison alive?

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  27. Pew-Anon says:

    Why all these people right now?What’s the calculus here?

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Get ’em out on the campaign trail! No one else has ever pardoned people to do justice and grant redemption. All prior POTUS pardons I recall, anyway, were disgusting political/financial patronage moves with little or no redeeming social value. There’s a reason TDS sufferers are so rabid–he’s doing the good work they can’t possibly stand or understand.

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    • Do you suppose that pardoning several people from different classes and backgrounds to illustrate the inequities of overzealous justice, on the eve of Roger Stone’s sentencing, might have an effect on the decision that Judge Amy Berman Jackson will make tomorrow when she determines Stone’s fate for the next decade?

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      • rrick says:

        Well, there’s tomorrow’s headlines.

        Trump Rolls Dice With Pardons

        Trump Pardons: “Judge Tampering”

        Trump: Judge Out To Get Stone

        Blago Says He’s For Trump: Buying Votes?

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  28. Rick L says:

    I also cannot stand Blago as many others have stated. That being said I consider myself a fair minded person not blinded by party. The sentence was excessive for what he did and I feel the same way about Roger Stone. I think Trump is setting the framework to make the case that all excessive punishment by a rabid justice system is going to end. If he does it fairly regardless of party or politics then he can throw it back in their face when he pardons a Flynn or Stone. Sure, the same old partisans will squeal but many fair minded Americans will be fine with it. As Rush said the other day very serious criminal get shorter sentences than Stone got and that goes for Blago as well. Wrong is wrong.

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  29. president please empty the swarms,

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  30. X XYZ says:

    All about pardons? Well pardon me…

    How many people did recent previous presidents pardon? The Bushes? Clinton? Obama? Let’s see some statistics about their pardons.

    So Trump pardons a few people and the Media immediately screams that he pardoned “white collar criminals”.

    Next, I want to know how much prison time was served by those who Trump pardoned, *compared to those that other presidents pardoned*.

    At least those who Trump now pardoned served relatively long times in prison. They were punished adequately for their crimes. Pardoning them shows compassion. It also makes “the punishment fit the crime”, as used to be said. OTOH, I can remember that this perverse idea of “he’s suffered enough” often results in a person never seeing ANY prosecution or incarceration at all, merely the loss of his position. Maybe this began with Nixon. Just leave now, and you can avoid any legal consequences, as we will say you have “suffered enough”.

    Comey, Stzrok, Page, the Vindmans, and many more. Yeah, sure. They’ve “suffered enough.”

    “Held accountable”. I still want to know what the hell that buzz-phrase means. Probably it means a few stern words or a slap on the wrist at most, then getting a lucrative book deal and retiring on a fat pension.

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  31. Troublemaker10 says:

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  32. dufrst says:

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  33. davidberetta says:

    No offense to these pardons but it does exemplify that OUR two-tier Justice-System is alive and still well!

    It is and it will always be such (for some reason)….to still mirror the Royalty-Behavior(s) our ancestors (ironically), fought against.

    Some things Never Change….

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  34. dufrst says:

    Trumpocrats! Lol

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    • TexanInFL says:

      The funny thing about it is I am a “Trumpocrat” also. The Democrats, forget about it and the Republicans make me nauseous because they are back-stabbing slimeballs. I like that name…along with deplorable, bible loving, gun-toting, backwoods, etc…I’m an American who believes people should be given a second chance if they work toward it. God has shown his grace and mercy on all of us..we should do no less.

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  35. nerveman says:

    Blagojevich. Ilinois. Chicago. Sure sounds like he has a story to tell as he was being interviewed.

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  36. nimrodman says:

    Ha!

    NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Petitions Trump for Early Release from Prison
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/18/nsa-whistleblower-reality-winner-petitions-trump-for-early-release-from-prison/

    … but I don’t know where “whistleblower” comes from in the headline

    She was a leaker from everything I’ve read

    I haven’t read that she went through any whistleblower process – internally, through chain of authority

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    • TexanInFL says:

      She had a security clearance and she leaked information in the effort to hurt America. She was in it for the notoriety and possibly the money. She was not a whistleblower…emphatically NOT a whistleblower. Her spill was a real mess to clean up.

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  37. wondering999 says:

    Upthread, someone complained about the former drug dealer release. Just wanted to say, how happy I am with ALL these pardons and commutations. If it were JoeBiden’s or Bush’s son caught with dope, what would the charges and sentencing amount.to?

    There are many people who need to be very closely supervised (and humanely supervised, not raped or suicided in custody). Not enough supervision.or housing for thosewhodesperately need it, like the demented man who threw little Landen over a balcony at Mall of America. Meanwhile the govt would jail Stone or Flynn? That kind of.leadership.needs to be removed, it is.worse than useless.

    Whether criminal or demented, it costs a LOT to secure, house, feed, and medicate people in custody. It is a!so dangerous, unpredictable work for guards.

    What a criminal waste of valuable resources that are needed elsewhere, for leaders to indulge political imprisonment!

    Especially, jailing people for political intimidation is.loathsome, and goes against everything America should stand for.

    President Trump is the best, and I am thankful for him

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