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A Pardon for Trump? Not From Joe Biden

Former VP says he wouldn't try to stop any potential investigation into Trump after he leaves office

(Newser) - When Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, it was seen as a way for the United States to heal and move on from Watergate. So, if Joe Biden became president and Donald Trump faced any charges, would he do the same? That would be a no, as would any attempt to... More »

Trump: A 'Full Pardon' Might Be in Order

The president tweets about former national security adviser Michael Flynn

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Sunday he is considering a full pardon for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about dealings with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office, the AP reports. Flynn attempted to withdraw the guilty plea in January, saying... More »

Ex-Congressman: Yeah, I Talked to Assange About a Pardon

But Rohrabacher says Trump had nothing to do with it

(Newser) - Former GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher tells Yahoo News in a new interview that, yes, he did talk to Julian Assange about getting the WikiLeaks founder a presidential pardon if Assange said that Russia was not responsible for the DNC email leak . However, he says he never actually spoke to President... More »

The Public Is Behind Trump on Blagojevich

Lots of people thought 14 years was excessive, writes Natasha Korecki

(Newser) - The backlash was swift Tuesday as President Trump commuted Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. But Politico reporter Natasha Korecki argues the move "isn't crazy." In a Tuesday op-ed, Korecki—who wrote about Blagojevich's case for the Chicago Sun-Times and in a subsequent... More »

In Surprise Pardon, Trump Clears NFL Figure

Former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. was convicted years ago of gambling fraud

(Newser) - President Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo, who built the San Francisco 49ers' 1980s-'90s dynasty, was involved in one of the biggest owners' scandals in the sport's history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing... More »

Marianne Williamson Mistakenly Slams Trump

She falls for a satirical article about Charles Manson

(Newser) - Marianne Williamson is still a 2020 candidate for president, though she hasn't been generating much attention in the media. That changed Monday, but not in a good way. It seems that Williamson got snookered by a satirical article and condemned President Trump for doing something he hadn't done—... More »

Pardons, Promotion From Trump, Despite Pentagon Pushback

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he had a 'robust discussion' with the president on this

(Newser) - President Trump has pardoned a former US Army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and a former Army lieutenant convicted of murder for ordering his men to fire upon three Afghans, killing two, the White House announced late Friday. The commander... More »

Trump Looks at Pardons for War Criminals

White House prepares for announcement around Memorial Day

(Newser) - White House officials have begun the process for issuing presidential pardons for several members of the military accused or convicted of war crimes. Among them is Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with shooting unarmed civilians and killing a captive while deployed in Iraq, the New York Times reports. The... More »

Trump Pardons Conrad Black

Ex-media mogul wrote flattering Trump biography

(Newser) - President Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a... More »

Trump Pardons Rogue Soldier Who Killed Rumored Terrorist

Sarah Sanders says Michael Behenna is 'entirely deserving'

(Newser) - President Trump has granted a full pardon to a former US soldier convicted of killing a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist in Iraq. Press secretary Sarah Sanders described former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna as "entirely deserving" of the executive grant of clemency in a Monday statement, noting he was a... More »

Tweet Battle Between Trump, Cohen Uses Word 'Lie' a Lot

President and his former attorney take their tiff to Twitter

(Newser) - The falling out between President Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen headed straight to Twitter Friday morning, with the commander in chief addressing the confusion over whether Cohen had ever asked him for a presidential pardon, and whether he'd ever lobbied to work in the White House, the... More »

Cohen Once Explored a Pardon, Despite His House Testimony

But his attorney says what Cohen told Congress is 'literally true'

(Newser) - It seems pretty straightforward. When Michael Cohen testified before a House panel last week, he said this: "I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump." But now Cohen attorney Lanny Davis is out with a statement that seems to contradict that assertion—... More »

Even if Manafort Is Pardoned, New York Has a Plan

State prosecutors may bring their own charges

(Newser) - Even if Paul Manafort receives a presidential pardon for his federal crimes , he could face state charges that would send him to prison. Manhattan prosecutors have assembled a criminal case against Manafort, President Trump's onetime campaign manager, the New York Times reports. Presidents have no pardon power in state... More »

Giuliani: We Sat Trump Down, Told Him No Pardons

At least none that have any connection with Robert Mueller

(Newser) - President Trump has discussed the political fallout of a potential pardon for Paul Manafort, whom he believes "has been horribly treated"—and understands a pardon is off the table, at least for now, according to Rudy Giuliani. The president's personal lawyer made the comments to the New ... More »

Trump's Latest Pardons: 2 Oregon Ranchers

Dwight Hammond Jr., and son will go free; their case inspired Bundy-led takeover of refuge

(Newser) - Father and son cattle ranchers whose sentences for arson triggered the 2016 armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon are the latest to receive a presidential pardon. President Trump pardoned Dwight Hammond Jr., 76, and Steven Hammond, 49, on Tuesday, according to a White House statement describing the... More »

Trump to NFL Players: Who Should I Pardon?

One former NFL player already has a suggestion: his brother

(Newser) - President Trump extended a peace offering of sorts to NFL players on Friday, asking them to recommend people who’ve been unfairly treated in the criminal justice system and deserve a pardon, reports CNN . "I'm going to take a look at those applications. And if I find, and... More »

'Greatest of All Time' May Get Trump's Next Pardon

But late boxer's attorney says it's unncessary

(Newser) - It's been said President Trump has dozens of pardons on deck after this week's commutation of Alice Johnson's life sentence , and per the AP , he may already have one at the plate. "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali," Trump was quoted as saying Friday by... More »

Trump's Pardons Are the Talk of the Town

White House is preparing paperwork for at least 30 more pardons

(Newser) - After Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump to plead the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandma jailed for life over a first-time, non-violent drug offense, Trump commuted Johnson's life sentence. Now, Kardashian will meet Johnson for the first time as early as this week, reports TMZ . Getting... More »

Giuliani Uses Extreme Example to Illustrate Trump's Powers

Suggests Trump couldn't be indicted even if he shot James Comey

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani appeared on the Sunday talk shows over the weekend to make the point that President Trump's constitutional powers are so sweeping that he could avoid legal trouble while in office. Giuliani said Trump could theoretically pardon himself in any situation, and he used an extreme hypothetical in... More »

Trump Flexes His Pardoning Muscles

Dinesh D'Souza is a yes, Martha Stewart a maybe; may commute sentence of Blagojevich

(Newser) - President Trump made big news Thursday through his power to issue pardons and commute sentences. First, he announced that he would issue a full pardon to conservative firebrand Dinesh D'Souza, who once pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. Hours later came two higher-profile names: Trump told reporters on Air... More »

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