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Friday, June 01, 2018

Make Presidential Pardons Great Again

President Trump is using the presidential pardon the way it should be used: to correct an injustice. The people he pardoned -- Scooter Libby, Joe Arpaio, Kristian Saucier, Jack Johnson, and now, Dinesh D'Souza -- were all victims of malicious prosecution.

Contrast and compare Bill Clinton's pardons.

  • Roger Clintion, his brother, who served a year for doing cocaine.
  • Marc Rich, a billionaire who was convicted of tax evasion from his illegal sale of oil from Iran. Clinton pardoned him in exchange for a considerable donation to Clinton's presidential library.
  • Henry Cisneros, his secretary of housing and urban development, who committed 28 counts of bank fraud while he was secretary of HUD.
  • Susan McDougal, a friend who took the rap for the Clintons for Whitewater and kept her trap shut about it.
  • Democratic Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, a sleazy Chicago politician.
  • Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds, another sleazy Chicago politician who also committed statutory rape.
None of them were railroaded.

They were pardons on the Family and Friends Plan.

Two wrongs do not make a right. If Trump does anything like that, I will bust him for it.

But Trump is using the presidential pardon the way the Constitution intended: to correct an injustice.

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23 comments:

  1. Well, what He thinks are injustices. One has to hope his common sense will prevail so as not to appear like he is trying merely to reward supporters like Kanye, humiliate his enemies, like Comey,or give the impression his friends will be ok but his enemies not if they come into future legal jepordy. Already the Squealers are in the street, even the NY Post today. They want to get in on the power DT has by selecting their own candidates for "mercy" by criticizing his. They say they are afraid if he gets away with this he will be encouraged to use his"other powers" for evil, you know like an enabling law against the "press". One can only hope for that. But DT should show restraint lest he get overwhelmed with the unworthy.

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    1. So he should limit his pardons to Family and Friends an billionaire donors.

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    2. Funny, he mentions Comey. The one who railroaded Martha.

      Something just about everybody agreed on.

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    3. Rather high quality concern trolling. I'm impressed. But unfortunately, not fooled.

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    4. Well for one thing, He should avoid pardoning people who will stab him in the toga later, a mistake Caesar made. Trump isn't looking for payoffs like Clinton but he could get carried away. His showman qualities sometimes are not in resonance with the dignity of his office. He is not Jerry Springer. He should not appear to be mocking decisions of the courts like Clinton and Obama did but gently correcting real injustice in a reasonable manner. There are no end of suppliants but he shouldn't be seen as arbitrarily exploiting thier situation to aggrandize himself. Also you know as well as I that appearance is not always reality. The aggrieved always think they were wronged and easily attract sympathetic support from those with thier own agenda while we only know why they were punished from what we read in the papers. Kardashian may have some real sympathy for her subject but she will also get even richer from her picture in pious black taken in the Oval with the world's most powerful man. I want DT to always posses that dignity of power which careless frivolity easily destroys. I know, I'm a heartless cynic. Cry me a river,

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  2. "all victims of malicious prosecution." Sudden historian you are and without proof - of course. What a LOL statement. D'Souza plead guilty!

    I would think you Trumpers would be upset at this pardon nonsense with pardons coming for businesswoman (Hillary lover) Martha Stewart and (Obama lover) Rod Blagojevich.

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    1. That Martha, she one bad mama jamma. Lol

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    2. So that's the standard now? If someone pleads guilty because they realize they're going to be convicted anyway and just want to get it over with, then they're guilty and that's that? Gee, you would have loved Stalin's show trials. I guess, too, that by your logic Galileo was wrong after all, and the earth really doesn't move.

      As to your second paragraph: see, there's the difference. You look first at which politician a person does or doesn't "love," and use that to determine whether they're deserving of civil rights, or an "unperson" who can freely be disposed of. Whereas we "Trumpers" - who used to be called just "people who believe in equality before the law" - take the view that the person's political views are irrelevant when it comes to righting injustice.

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    3. D'Souza was hardly a felon of the order of Rostenkowski or Cisneros, sentenced to eight months in a halfway house near his home.

      Tell me, sweetie, is that the marching order you got today? Apply Uncle Saul with tons of virtue signaling?

      Try this one on for size.

      A Massachusetts law firm, Thornton Law, has been accused of funneling funds to the Democrats through a massive and illegal straw-donor scheme.

      Law firm partners donated nearly $1.6 million to mostly Democratic candidates and committees between 2010 through 2014. They were reimbursed ten days later $1.4 million listed as bonuses, including more than 280 in amounts that precisely matched their donations.

      The small firm made donations to Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Harry Reid, and others.

      Left off the hook by Zippy's henchmen. So much for virtue signaling.

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    4. Is that what you call it, thinking?

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    5. You would think... If you had a functional brain... But you don't... So you don't... So stick it.

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    6. Be careful what you wish for, Anon.

      If Harvey can do the perp walk, so can other Leftist miscreants.

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  3. OT but Tantalizing:
    http://observer.com/2018/05/republicans-could-boot-menendez-pick-up-senate-seat-in-new-jersey/

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    1. Menendez also was a victim of malicious prosecution. Jury saved him.

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    2. Don, did you miss the part about the underage sex slaves?

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    3. They failed to get an indictment.
      My take is they knew they lost the case and threw the kitchen sink at him.

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    4. IIRC he was also critical of Obama and banned from the inner circle of Friends of Barack. So his real crime was a CAO - Crime Against Obama.

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  4. Truth, Justice and The American Way.

    Hell, that just might catch on again.

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  5. I believe the mueller "investigation" is an attempt to punish President Trump's supporters by bankrupting them. Flynn pled guilty to avoid the cost of defense. Another did a gofundme to try to recover his legal costs. Imagine the cost to Cohen who's lawyers have to review 3,000,000 documents by June 15 to identify "privileged" and personal vs "non privileged" and non personal. No matter what President Trump does with pardons for anyone who is tied up in this "investigation" it won't reimburse any costs of defending them against the witch hunt.
    If the fbi really believed the Russians were influencing the election they should have done something before Nov 8 to prevent it. If the Russians were successfully influencing the election then Nov 9 would have been too late.

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  6. Dems have been using selective politically motivated prosecutions for a few decades now, and most Republicans just go along with the game. Rosie O'Donnel did the same, only worse for Hillary and isn't being touched.

    Also, George Soros has thrown a bunch of money into getting a ton of Dem district attorneys elected. He's telling the old Nazi that his money will be money wasted.
    This pardon is bringing attention to the abuses and putting corrupt Dem prosecutors on notice that they can expect their special efforts to come to nought.

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  7. D'Souza was selectively prosecuted by the Obama administration for a crime that has seldom been prosecuted and is usually settled by payment of a small fine. In fact, Obama's 2008 campaign violated Federal election laws regarding nearly $2 M in illegal campaign contributions from foreigners and was allowed to settle with a small slap on the wrist. No one in Obama's campaign organization and no one who made an illegal contribution was ever prosecuted for that. D'Souza was overcharged in a vindictive prosecution and forced into an untenable position where he had to plead guilty to a lesser crime or face the possibility of being convicted of two felonies (for the same relatively minor FEC violation) that could have put him in prison for 7 effin years!!! The Obama administration played hardball with D'Souza not to secure justice but to grind one of their political opponents into the ground. A full pardon of D'Souza was entirely appropriate, as would one for Martha Stewart (a loyal Democrat and acknowledged supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2016).

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  8. Wasn't Martha convicted of lying to the FBI just because she misremembered something? Is that justice? (HINT: HELL NO!)

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  9. I hope Conrad Black will get his pardon for the same kind of prosecutorial overreach and injustice.

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