Romney After Trump Grants Clemency To Over 100 People: Not Intended To Be Used for ‘Cronies’

Now-former President Donald Trump granted clemency to over 100 people before leaving the White House for the last time, and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is not happy about it.

“I can’t imagine the founders in providing for pardon power for a president anticipated that presidents would use it to reward political friends, and as a result I would hope that we could develop a tradition of more narrowly providing pardons,” Romney said on Wednesday, according to The Hill.

He urged the tradition of presidential pardons to be used by “not providing them to people who are cronies or political individuals.”

The Utah senator made a call for reforming presidential pardon power, as he said he “would love to see a constitutional remedy.”

He, however, admitted it is “unlikely that something like that can get passed just given the difficult process of passing a constitutional amendment.”

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Early Wednesday, Trump issued over 100 pardons and commutations. He pardoned former White House aide Steve Bannon, in which the White House said in a statement, “Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen.” Rapper Lil Wayne was also granted a pardon.

Trump did not pardon himself or his family, and, according to some experts, if he had it would have increased calls to prosecute him on a state level.

Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said, “With a pardon comes at least the veneer of an admission of guilty. In a way, I think pardoning himself and his family is almost like a taunt. It would have said ‘try to come and get me,’ and would have accelerated litigation and investigation.”

Responses

  1. Obama issued more commutations than the past 13 presidents before him combined.
    He pardoned, commuted sentences, issued remissions of fines or restitution and reprieve to 1,927 people.
    There were 212 pardons and 1,715 clemency (including 504 life sentences).
    But of course there will be no discussions of those.
    Utah is passing around a petition to get rid of Mitt.
    They have come to see him as Massachusetts did when they got rid of him.
    But he will just move to another state that he already owns a house like he did from Massachusetts to Utah and use his fake routine in hopes of getting elected there.

  2. yeah, Lil Wayne is a crony.
    Thank goodness that man never became president. So Mike Lee is the smart one and Mitt Romney is the joke – Utah you really need to vote the joke out. He is becoming the male version of AOC in the Senate.

  3. Hey Mitt the witless digest this. Obama holds the record for the largest single-day use of the clemency power, granting 330 commutations on January 19, 2017, his last full day in office.[6][7] He also issued more commutations than the past 13 presidents

  4. Poor whiney Confused Dolt is complaining, spewing his lies again. Romney is a RINO. Biden is a lying, cheating, corrupt, Democrat thief. If you’re so concerned about pardons and commuted sentences, look no further than Obama – over 1200. Obama was another lying, cheating, corrupt Democrat.

  5. “I can’t imagine the founders in providing for pardon power for a president anticipated that presidents would use it to reward political friends, and as a result I would hope that we could develop a tradition of more narrowly providing pardons.” Mitt Romney

    I have two things to say about that, Mitt.

    Firstly, you didn’t put up much of a fight during your tenure as a Senator. You voted FOR everything that King Donald The Loser wanted to do exactly 3 out of every four times. Not much resistance at all.

    And, secondly, if YOU were all that concerned about a rogue president handing out pardons as if they were Hallowe’en treats, then you could have tried to amend our Constitution once again. Now you have to leave that job to someone else, right, Mitt?

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