Monday, December 2, 2019
Ritaruby
What do you think about Trump using his pardon power on "famous people" who have committed the same crimes as his cronies? A signal? To use for himself? Or just playing with power in a pardon way?
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Ballhawk
I think Trump does it for famous people because he knows it will make news headlines with him as the power-wielder.  He would probably not pardon some person who is not famous because it would not produce the headlines that he craves.  Trump is depraved.  He does not care about the compassion, forgiveness or justice that would normally be an element in a pardon; he only cares about the headlines, or possibly about a quid pro quo.  Regarding quid pro quo you will remember that, on his last day in office, Bill Clinton pardoned Mark Rich, a fugitive from justice who had been on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List, a pardon widely perceived as reciprocity in response to a $500,000 donation to the Clinton library by Rich's former wife.  Corrupt as Hell!  The pardon of Mark Rich by President Clinton astonished the US law enforcement community. Whether it is by Trump or Clinton, pardons are sometimes corrupt.  On the other hand, the pardon of Cap Weinberger, former Sec. of Defense, made sense because he had only been on the periphery of the scandal that occurred in the Reagan administration. 
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Ritaruby
Again, Ballhawk you have given me a quick history lesson here.
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