Despite protests by the media and whining by Democrats, President Trump is given the power of the pardon by the U.S. Constitution and he is using it.
On Tuesday, Trump issued pardons to fifteen individuals along with five commutations of sentences in an early Christmas gift to the recipients that included victims of dirty special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s partisan witch hunt.
Among those who received full pardons were former adviser George Papadopoulos who was a target of the FBI’s illicit Crossfire Hurricane operation as well as former GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, a man who was also the victim of a politically motivated prosecution.
Missing on the list were two big names: unjustly imprisoned Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange and the heroic former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden who revealed Barack Obama’s mass surveillance programs.
Former Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York, two of the earliest GOP lawmakers to back Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, were among 15 people pardoned by the president Tuesday night. https://t.co/9ysI7OwNfB
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 23, 2020
Via The Associated Press, “Trump pardons 15, commutes 5 sentences, including GOP allies”:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned 15 people, including a pair of congressional Republicans who were strong and early supporters, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe and former government contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad.
Trump’s actions in his final weeks in office show a president who is wielding his executive power to reward loyalists and others who he believes have been wronged by a legal system he sees as biased against him and his allies. Trump issued the pardons — not an unusual act for an outgoing president — even as he refused to publicly acknowledge his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, who will be sworn in on Jan. 20.
Trump is likely to issue more pardons before then. He and his allies have discussed a range of other possibilities, including members of Trump’s family and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Those pardoned on Tuesday included former Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York, two of the earliest GOP lawmakers to back Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump also commuted the sentences of five other people, including former Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas.
Also pardoned were four former contractors for security firm Blackwater who were railroaded by the rabid left after a 2007 incident that resulted in the deaths of over a dozen Iraqi civilians in a war zone; a horrific mistake but they don’t call it the “fog of war” for nothing and the left had been gunning for Blackwater for years.
Those four names had members of the anti-American left squealing like stuck pigs including anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a woman who has sided with extremists who want to kill us as well as expressed sympathetic views toward terrorists.
Private Blackwater mercenaries Nicholas Slatten, Paul Alvin Slough, Evan Shawn Liberty, and Dustin Laurent Heard are war criminals.
Pardoning monstrous criminals will leave a dark mark on the history of presidential pardons. https://t.co/guz6PCJ4rR
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) December 23, 2020
CNN also experienced a major meltdown, accusing Trump of going on a rampage.
"The outgoing President's antics in recent hours further weighed down the yet-to-begin presidency of his successor, Joe Biden, who already faced the most challenging debut of any US leader since Franklin Roosevelt in 1933," @StCollinson writes. | Analysis https://t.co/5a3I9yHHao
— CNN (@CNN) December 23, 2020
Just imagine how heads will explode if he pardons Assange, Snowden, or both in the coming days.
The pardons follow the Thanksgiving rescue of General Michael Flynn from one of the most shameful political persecutions in U.S. history after he was set-up by crooked FBI agents acting on orders of former director James Comey and possibly Barack Obama himself.