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A Rastafarian prophet, a former Taliban captive and thousands of minor drug traffickers have one thing in common: Their names have been submitted to President Barack Obama for clemency before he leaves office in two weeks.
Some US presidents have used this regal power of leniency in a pointed way near the end of their term in office.
On the last day of his term in 2001, Democratic president Bill Clinton granted pardon in a highly controversial move to late fugitive trader Marc Rich, whose ex-wife had been a major donor to Democrats.
Sixteen years later, Obama is fielding pressure from all sides to grant unlikely pardons or commutations of sentences to people whose supporters say have been unjustly sentenced or sought out by the justice system.
Among them is Bowe Bergdahl, a US Army sergeant held captive for five years by the Taliban before his release in a prisoner swap, who is due to be court-martialed for desertion.
Then there's Edward Snowden, who made the shattering revelation in 2013 of a global communications and internet surveillance system set up by the United States
Citing this precedent, some have urged Obama to preventively pardon defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state in light of Trump's threats to have her prosecuted.
originally posted by: Tardacus
well he better get started now if he wants to get them all done by the 20th, Hillary and her pals are going to take Obama a full week of signing pardons.
The Obama administration's response misses the point. No one is asking for legal status for the DREAMers; what House Democrats are seeking is a presidential pardon for them. This would be completely within the President's constitutional and legal authority, and in keeping with historical precedent. With his legacy on immigration at stake, Obama should do the right thing and grant the DREAMers a pardon.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has commented on the possibility that Obama may attempt to issue a full pardon for all immigrants that came to the U.S. as children of illegal immigrants.
We all know this is a problem.
Lynch says Presidential pardons are case by case for individuals.
She said a blanket mass pardon may not cut the mustard.
Many politicians have been asking Obama to do this before he leaves office.
So, is Loretta actually saying it's "illegal"? Or is she just putting the idea into the heads of the public?
There's always a conspiracy with anything Obama.
Lynch says "impossible". Why not say "illegal" or "unConstitutional" ?