President Donald Trump is leaning on the advice of aides, family members, and TV hosts on who to pardon before leaving office, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Presidents usually consider cases vetted by Justice Department lawyers as part of a formal application process.
Trump on Wednesday pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security advisor who lied to FBI agents about his contact with Russian officials in 2016.
President Donald Trump is leaning on the counsel of friends, TV hosts, and family members in deciding who to pardon before he leaves office on January 20, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Usually, people convicted of federal crimes can apply to the White House to be considered for a presidential pardon, and their cases are reviewed by Justice Department attorneys.
But Trump is relying on the recommendations of people close to him, particularly Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and advisor, sources told The Post. The newspaper described Kushner as having played an important role in Trump’s previous pardons.
Speculation is growing about who the president will pardon in his last weeks in office. The Post did not specify which people Trump’s circle had suggested for pardons.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported on speculation that a pardoning “blitz” could include George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators as part of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Traditionally, presidents reserve their pardons for people who’ve been victims of a miscarriage of justice. But Trump has been accused of using the power to shield his associates from punishment.
There has even been speculation that Trump could pardon himself, an unprecedented move that some legal experts believe would be struck down by the Supreme Court.
The president on Wednesday said he had pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security advisor who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contact with Russian officials before Trump took office. Trump claimed that Flynn did not receive a fair hearing.
But Trump is not the first president to be accused of misusing pardons — Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton were also accused of abusing the power.
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