Posts Tagged ‘Executive Grant of Clemency’

Trump’s Parting Pardons

January 18, 2021

Trump's Parting Pardons

As lame duck Donald Trump prepares to flee Washington, he’s prepared a spreadsheet of around 100 co-conspirators to pardon. If he could legally pardon himself, he would. Of course, when did laws ever stop him?


“Trump prepares to offer clemency to more than 100 people in his final hours in office,” Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post

“Trump to issue more than 100 pardons before Biden sworn in – reports,” Martin Pengelly and Luke Harding, The Guardian

“Trump probably can’t pardon himself. He may still try,” Zachary B. Wolf, CNN

“Capitol Rioter Tries To Nab Herself A Pardon As Trump Plans To Announce Final Bunch,” Kate Riga, TalkingPointsMemo

“Joe Exotic Hires Pick-Up Limo in Expectation of Trump Pardon,” Jamie Ross, Daily Beast


“‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Complains He Was ‘Too Innocent and Too Gay’ for Trump to Pardon Him,” Blake Montgomery, Daily Beast


“Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump,” Michael S. Schmidt and Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times

“White House Warns People Buying Pardons That Counterfeit Pardons Are Being Sold Online,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker



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A Pardon for Jack Johnson

May 25, 2018

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson, convicted in a unjust federal trial in 1913, was posthumously pardoned by President Donald Trump on Thursday. Mr. Johnson, the first African American boxing champion, was a victim of racism, and there has been a long campaign to right this historical wrong, complicated by Johnson’s history of adultery and domestic violence.

But remedying racial injustice doesn’t seem to be why Mr. Trump pardoned Jack Johnson. He did it because celebrity pal Sylvester Stallone asked him to, and because Mr. Johnson was “a truly legendary boxing champion, legendary athlete, and a person that, when people got to know him, they really liked him,” said the president. A flamboyant, womanizing, larger-than-life celebrity? Donald Trump can certainly relate to that.

And of course if Donald Trump can pardon a dead man, surely there’s hope for Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn ….


“Trump’s pardon of Jack Johnson is not insignificant. But caring about racial injustice in 2018 would be more meaningful.” Eugene Scott, Washington Post


Video: Celebrity Jack Johnson conducts an unidentified jazz band, 1929. Alternate takes here.


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