Obama’s Stunning Pardon Spree, Trump Isn’t Even Close

President Donald Trump granted clemency to twenty convicted felons on Tuesday including Mueller probe targets George Papadopoulos and Alex Van der Zwaan. This isn’t even close to the unbelievable Pardon spree that President Obama launched in early fiscal 2017.

Pardon my Numbers

President Trump has granted a total of 28 Pardons and 16 Clemencies to date according to the Office of the Pardon Attorney while President Obama in the last 3 1/2 months of his term granted a staggering 212 pardons and… wait for it… 1,715 clemencies. That’s insane, even Vox had to cover it in January 2017, when on his last day in office he granted a record shattering 330 commutations in a single day for drug offenders. Vox wrote,

“It’s the culmination of a year-long effort to use the president’s clemency power to get hundreds of people — most of them nonviolent drug offenders — out of prison sooner. And it tops off another presidential record: With 1,927 people granted some form of clemency, Obama has used his clemency powers more than any president since Harry Truman (excluding Gerald Ford’s clemency for thousands of Vietnam War draft dodgers).”

Based on the numbers from the Pardon Attorney’s office Obama had the highest grand total of granted pardons and clemency since FDR and was second only to Roosevelt and Wilson, both wartime Presidents who pardoned hundreds for desertion. Some have great reasons and others are less so, but no matter how you slice it, we’re not even close to the historic precedent of Democrat Presidents pardoning orders of magnitude more prisoners than Republicans.


Pardons with Good Reasons

As reported by the New York Post,

  • Four US military veterans Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were pardoned for “convictions ranging from first-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter in what the White House called the “unfortunate deaths and injuries of Iraqi civilians” during a clash outside Baghdad’s “Green Zone.” While some may have objected to these pardons the Whitehouse state that the  pardons were “broadly supported by the public” after a recent disclosure revealed,

“that the lead Iraqi investigator, who prosecutors relied heavily on to verify that there were no insurgent victims and to collect evidence, may have had ties to insurgent groups himself.”

  • Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean received pardons for their convictions in the 2005 shooting of a suspected drug trafficker who resisted arrest and fled back into Mexico.
  • Crystal Munoz, Tynice Nichole Hall and Judith Negron — received commutations in part due to the advocacy of Alice Johnson, who was also pardoned on drug related charges.
  • Johnson also helped persuade Trump to pardon Weldon Angelos, a music producer and former Snoop Dogg associate, who was released from prison in 2016 after serving 13 years of a 55-year sentence for dealing pot.
  • Utah state Rep. Phil Lyman, was pardoned for leading an illegal ATV protest through restricted native lands.
  • Alfred Lee Crum, 89, received a pardon for pleading guilty in 1952 — when he was 19 — to helping his wife’s uncle run an illegal moonshine still in Oklahoma.
  • Otis Gordon, who became a pastor at Life Changer’s International Ministries in South Carolina following his conviction for possessing four kilos of cocaine with intent to distribute.

And a Couple that are less so.

Only a few of these are questionable and that’s still nothing compared to President Obama’s stunning pardon of treasonous Army Pvt. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning and convicted FALN Terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

  • Former US Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), a key Trump ally who pleaded guilty in an inside-trading scheme
  • Former US Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds
  • Philip Esformes, a Florida nursing home tycoon who was sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for a $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme, received a commutation that left intact orders to pay restitution and abide by the terms of post-release supervision.
  • Alfonso Costa, a Pittsburgh dentist convicted of health care fraud

So really, what is there to complain about? It seems that President Trump in addition to pardoning Lt. General Michael Flynn and political legend Roger Stone has been pretty restrained in using the most controversial of Presidential powers, restrained even.


It is unknown at this time whether or not the President has considered the most debated pardons possible: former NSA analyst Edward Snowden or WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, either possibility would send shock waves through the American political world.

  1. And none of the pardons Mr Obama issued are valid or constitutional. Mr Obama fails BOTH citizenship requirements to serve as President, or even Vice-President, and as a result can not issue pardons, make appointments, nor sign bills into law. To be a natural born citizen of a country one must be born in the country of parents who are citizens of the country. Mr Obama, by his own statements, was born in Kenya and his father is not and never was a US citizen. Only his mother was a US citizen. The only birth certificate ever produced was from Kenya. The Hawaii document is a birth registration form which a resident of Hawaii could get for a relative born anywhere in the world. Hawaii got rid of them in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

  2. No one said anything about the trash Bily KKKlinton let go.
    The president’s half-brother, Roger Clinton, Jr., was granted a pardon after serving his full sentence of one year in federal prison for cocaine possession. Ironically, shortly after receiving the pardon from his brother, Roger Clinton was arrested for drunk driving and disorderly conduct which seemed to substantiate the criticism that he should not have received clemency on the drug charges.
    Susan McDougal, a business partner of Bill and Hilary Clinton, served 18 months in prison for her involvement in the Whitewater scandal. She was charged with contempt of court for refusing to testify about the Clinton’s role in the scandal. President Clinton granted her a pardon after she had completed her sentence causing many to claim it was his way of paying her back for protecting him during the investigation.
    Melvin Reynolds, a fellow Clinton Democrat, was a congressman from Illinois who was serving time in prison for sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. Near the end of his 5 year sentence on those charges, he was convicted of bank fraud and received a sentence to serve 78 additional months. President Clinton commuted the bank fraud sentence and arranged for him to serve time at a halfway house. Reynolds had not requested a presidential pardon and none was granted. Many criticized Clinton for arranging for leniency because the sex charges had stemmed from Reynolds’ sexual relationship with a 16 year old campaign volunteer.
    Harvey Weinig was a Manhattan lawyer who pleaded guilty to laundering $19 million made from illegal drug sales by Colombian drug traffickers. Weinig told the sentencing judge, “There is no avoiding the fact that I engaged in serious illegal conduct for which there is no excuse.” The judge sentenced him to the highest sentence allowed, 11 years and 3 months. Clinton commuted that sentence after Weinig had only served 5 years and 270 days The Weinig clemency case received much criticism in the press including the TIME magazine article titled, “Bill, How Low Can You Go?” Weinig was related to a White House staffer.
    Another eleventh hour pardon that ignited a firestorm of controversy was granted to Marc Rich, who was indicted for evading $48 million in taxes and illegal oil deals with Iran during the time Iran was holding US hostages. He had fled to Switzerland and was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Rich’s attorney made the pardon application directly to the White House instead of going through the normal channels at the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Much of the controversy involves large donations made by Rich’s ex-wife to the Clinton campaign and the Clinton Presidential Library. The pardon was met with outrage from both sides of the Congressional aisle.
    The most criticized and publicly alarming clemency of the Clinton administration was the pardon of 16 members of the FALN, a violent Puerto Rican terrorist group that set off 120 bombs in the United States. The FALN was responsible for 6 deaths and injuries to many others, including law enforcement officers. The FALN members that were in jail were not convicted of harming anyone but were sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, bomb-making, sedition, and firearms and explosives violations. Many groups lobbied for President Clinton to deny clemency, including the FBI, the Fraternal Order of Police and the victims of the FALN bombings. However, Clinton yielded to requests from the Archbishop of Puerto Rico and the Cardinal of New York for clemency for all 16 of the terrorists. At the time of the sentence commutations, Hillary Clinton went on record in support of the President’s actions but later, during her campaign for the Senate, she withdrew her support.

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