Now we know why he needed to hire so many new staffers in the pardon office.
Do you remember THIS story, from about a year ago?
The Obama administration is seeking to significantly boost the number of staffers in the Department of Justice’s pardon office, leading some to speculate that the president is getting set for an end-of-administration effort to grant clemency to a range of criminals.
The Justice Department recently posted on its website a job listing seeking 16 lawyers for new spots in its Office of the Pardon Attorney, which codifies petitions for clemency and makes recommendations to the attorney general for clemency.
The new lawyers will assist “the President in the exercise of executive clemency,” according to the job description.
The department’s move to beef up staff in the pardon office has prompted speculation that President Obama will pursue a final term effort to grant clemency to a range of criminals, particularly drug offenders. —Freebeacon
While we’ve been caught up in the election, Elector College, and questions about Putin, Obama has been very, very busy indeed.
‘Setting records’ kind of busy.
Not just the most number of days at war of any sitting President. (Even though he locked that up earlier this year.)
President Barack Obama pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 others convicted of federal crimes on Monday – the most individual clemencies ever granted in a single day by any president. As he nears the end of his second term, Obama has issued more commutations than the previous 11 presidents combined, according to the White House.
“The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post. “While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them.”
You can tell by the tweet that they take a certain amount of pride in this fact.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 19, 2016
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, accused Obama at the time of “abusing his authority” under the Constitution to pardon prisoners.
“This is an example of the imperial presidency at its worst, and the American people have a right to know who is behind his errant usurpation of power,” Fitton said in a statement at the time.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for more information on the initiative. —FreeBeacon
Trump campaigned on a ‘rule of law’ platform, and gained MASSIVE support. If Obama wanted his legacy to be the destruction of his own party, well done! He’s doing one HELL of a job!