What Is President Trump’s Pardon History?

Along with running the country, President Trump has been busy pardoning a list of people.  This has received much attention recently, as well as Trump’s latest veto.  The pardon list is relatively long and has received mixed reviews across the political spectrum.

Merriam-Webster defines a pardon as “the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty.”

There are four different types of pardons: full, partial, absolute, and conditional.  What goes into 

deciding whether or not to give a pardon isn’t always clear.  “Decisions about whether to pardon an offender are supposed to factor in the public welfare and whether there’s some unfairness that the courts can’t correct” (Nolo.com).  The site also says that there is no real way to know what led to a pardon unless it is publicly revealed by the pardoner.  A pardon can only be given after a conviction (Nolo.com).

Receiving a pardon returns civil rights to the recipient.  This includes things like being able to vote or own a firearm.  The president and governors have the power to issue pardons (Nolo.com).  

In President Trump’s most recent round of pardons, the biggest names included Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and Charles Kushner.  23 other people also received pardons this week (CNN).

President Trump has a long list of people he has issued pardons to during his presidency.  His first pardon was for Joe Arpaio, who was the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona.  Dinesh D’Souza, Michael Flynn, and George Papadopoulos are among others that President Trump has pardoned (CNN).  

Trump has some interesting pardons as well.  One such case is his 2018 pardoning of Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted of arson on federal land.  

President Trump has also offered posthumous pardons.  Boxer Jack Johnson and, recently, women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony both were given pardons (CNN).

Brown, Pamela, et al. “Trump Issues 26 New Pardons, Including for Stone, Manafort and Charles Kushner.” CNN, Cable News Network, 24 Dec. 2020, http://www.cnn.com/2020/12/23/politics/trump-pardons-stone-manafort-kushner/index.html.

Kelly, Caroline, et al. “Here Are the High-Profile Pardons and Commutations Trump Has Granted during His Presidency.” CNN, Cable News Network, 24 Dec. 2020, http://www.cnn.com/2020/12/05/politics/trump-pardons-commutations-list/index.html.

“Pardon.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pardon. 

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