The POTUS has the ability to provide pardons to people who have committed federal crimes. All kinds of people get pardons, but ideally, Presidential pardons should go to those convicted of breaking an unjust law. For example: Millard Fillmore pardoned two ship captains that had tried to help slaves escape during the ‘Pearl Incident‘ and Donald Trump pardoned Susan B Anthony who had been convicted in 1872 of voting while in possession of a vagina. What better use of a pardon than in the advancement of social equality?
“Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”Susan B Anthony: who likely would have refused Trump’s pardon
Unfortunately, most Presidential pardons seem to be granted to Presidential cronies or to people that Presidential cronies desire to have pardoned. Apparently, these pardons can even be for sale. What kind of people have managed to secure a pardon from President Trump on his final day in office? Pardons for drug traffickers and crooked politicians are not exactly the kind of people that will make America great.
Trump has pardoned some serious crimes:
Representative Rick Renzi – President Trump granted a full pardon to Representative Rick Renzi of Arizona. Mr. Renzi’s pardon is supported by Representative Paul Gosar, Representative Tom Cole, former Representative Tom DeLay, former Representative Jack Kingston, former Representative Todd Tiahrt, former Representative John Doolittle, former Representative Duncan Hunter Sr., former Representative Richard Pombo, former Representative Charles Taylor, former Representative Dan Burton, Larry Weitzner, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and numerous other members of his community. In 2013, Mr. Renzi was convicted of extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering, and racketeering. He was sentenced to 2 years in Federal prison, 2 years of supervised release, and paid a $25,000 fine. Before his conviction, Mr. Renzi served three terms in the House of Representatives. His constituents considered him a strong advocate for better housing, quality education, and improved healthcare—especially for the underprivileged and Native Americans. He is the father of 12 children and a loving and devoted husband.
Former Congressman Rick Renzi, who truly must have known better, was convicted of extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering and racketeering. In 2006, he was named one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress! Why does he deserve a pardon? Is he planning to run for office again?
Tom Leroy Whitehurst – President Trump commuted the sentence of Tom Leroy Whitehurst from life to 30 years. This clemency is supported by Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Mr. Whitehurst led a conspiracy to manufacture at least 16.7 kilograms of methamphetamine and possessed numerous firearms during the course of the conspiracy. The court sentenced him to life imprisonment under the then-mandatory Sentencing Guidelines. Mr. Whitehurst has served nearly 24 years in prison. While incarcerated, he has demonstrated exemplary prison conduct by incurring just a single disciplinary infraction over two decades ago and holding a UNICOR position for much of his incarceration.
This guy was manufacturing methamphetamine. 16.7 KILIOGRAMS!! He was very well behaved while in prison though, so….
Isaac Nelson – President Trump commuted the sentence of Isaac Nelson. This commutation is supported by Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Mr. Nelson is serving a mandatory 20 year sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. Following the First Step Act’s changes to the definition of serious drug felony, Mr. Nelson would no longer receive a mandatory minimum term of 20 years’ imprisonment. Instead, he would likely face a 10-year sentence. He has already served more than 11 years in prison. Throughout his incarceration, he appears to have demonstrated commendable adjustment to custody.
This guy was planning to sell 5 kilos or MORE of cocaine. He also had some crack cocaine available for distribution. A lot of people lost their lives to manufacture and transport that cocaine to the United States. Does anyone think about that before they start throwing pardons around?
Traie Tavares Kelly – President Trump commuted the sentence of Traie Tavares Kelly. This commutation is supported by Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Mr. Kelly was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base and 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. He has served over 14 years in prison, but if he were sentenced today, he would likely be subject only to 10-year mandatory minimum. Moreover, Mr. Kelly has substantial work history while incarcerated and his notable accomplishments in education and programming demonstrate that he has used his time to maximize his chance at being a productive citizen upon release.
Again with the good behavior after getting caught with 5 kilos or MORE of cocaine. How does all this cocaine get into the USA anyway?
Stephen K. Bannon – President Trump granted a full pardon to Stephen Bannon. Prosecutors pursued Mr. Bannon with charges related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project. Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen
Oh here we go. A guy who truly deserves a pardon–thinks Trump. His crimes have not yet cooled off, but for some reason they were no big deal. After all, Steve Bannon is an important leader in the conservative movement and is really smart–or something.
Besides being charged with wire fraud and money laundering after he stole donations from a fundraising campaign, Bannon was recently suspended from Twitter after calling for the beheading if Dr Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The fact this man was pardoned is embarrassing.
Elliott Broidy – President Trump granted a full pardon to Elliott Broidy. Mr. Broidy is the former Deputy National Finance Chair of the Republican National Committee. This pardon is supported by Representative Devin Nunes, Representative Ken Calvert, Representative Jack Bergman, Representative George Holding, Ambassador Ric Grenell, Bernie Marcus, Malcolm Hoenlein, Eric Branstad, Tom Hicks, Saul Fox, Lee Samson, Rabbi Steven Leder, Dr. Alveda King, Father Frank Pavone, Major General Clayton Hutmacher, Lieutenant General Bennet Sacolick, Mr. Bruce Brereton, Rabbi Steven Burg, Rabbi Pini Dunner, Rabbi Meyer May, and Rabbi Mordechai Suchard. Mr. Broidy was convicted on one count of conspiracy to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal. Mr. Broidy is well known for his numerous philanthropic efforts, including on behalf of law enforcement, the military and veterans programs, and the Jewish community.
Mr Broidy violated foreign lobbying laws on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests. Clearly, this is Trump’s kind of guy, but does he deserve a pardon?
Kwame Kilpatrick – President Trump commuted the sentence of the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. This commutation is strongly supported by prominent members of the Detroit community, Alveda King, Alice Johnson, Diamond and Silk, Pastor Paula White, Peter Karmanos, Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo of the Michigan House of Representatives, Representative Karen Whitsett of the Michigan House of Representatives, and more than 30 faith leaders. Mr. Kilpatrick has served approximately 7 years in prison for his role in a racketeering and bribery scheme while he held public office. During his incarceration, Mr. Kilpatrick has taught public speaking classes and has led Bible Study groups with his fellow inmates.
Just another corrupt politician. Don’t worry. Kilpatrick’s actual convictions were for perjury, obstruction of justice, mail fraud, wire fraud, racketeering. He said that he is sorry and now leads bible studies so he gets a clean slate.
Randall “Duke” Cunningham – President Trump granted a conditional pardon to Randall “Duke” Cunningham who was released from prison in 2013. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich strongly supports this pardon. Mr. Cunningham, a former California Congressman, was sentenced to over 8 years’ imprisonment for accepting bribes while he held public office. During his time in prison, Mr. Cunningham tutored other inmates to help them achieve their GED. Mr. Cunningham is a combat veteran, an ace fighter pilot, and a member of the Military Order of Purple Hearts. Although combat-disabled, he continues to serve his community by volunteering with a local fire department and is active in Bible Study.
A congressman accepting bribes. Nothing to see here. Newt Gingrich STRONGLY supports this pardon? Oh well, if Newt vouches for him then it must be ok.
Robert Bowker – President Trump granted a full pardon to Robert Bowker. Mr. Bowker’s pardon is supported by Ann Marie Pallan, Sherriff Butch Anderson, and the late Robert Trump. Nearly 30 years ago, Mr. Bowker pled guilty to a violation the Lacey Act, which prohibits trafficking in wildlife, when he arranged for 22 snakes owned by Rudy “Cobra King” Komarek to be transported to the Miami Serpentarium. Although he did not ask for any animals in return, he was offered 22 American alligators. After pleading guilty, Mr. Bowker was sentenced to probation. Mr. Bowker has dedicated resources to animal conservation efforts in the intervening decades, including as a member of the Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
At least it wasn’t Tiger King, but it is the same kind of thing. This pardon was likely a special favor to Trump’s brother Robert.
Again, drug traffickers and corrupt politicians. Why? There must be people that are actually worthy of pardons that are rotting in jail at this moment. At least he didn’t pardon the Capitol Rioters. Or himself and his family.