The pardons are the peak subject: WSJ, Trump’s Weissmann Pardons
Mr. Weissmann is the former deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller on the Russia collusion probe. He’s a Democratic partisan who can be seen even now on MSNBC suggesting that Mr. Trump obstructed justice in the probe that never turned up evidence of collusion. He and his fellow prosecutors spent two years, with the full resources of the federal government, trying to prove a case that didn’t exist.
Instead they indicted individuals in the Trump orbit of crimes unrelated to their main purpose. They pursued Paul Manafort on a foreign-lobbying statute that is rarely enforced and then turned up evidence of tax fraud. They coerced George Papadopoulos and Alex van der Zwaan into copping pleas on a single count of making false statements. Roger Stone was convicted of obstructing a Congressional investigation.
Mr, Manafort’s tax offenses are serious crimes, and that’s how a jury saw them. He and Mr. Stone, former business partners, have long been political scoundrels of the type Mr. Trump likes to have around him. But there’s no doubt they were targeted not for their specific offenses but because they associated with Mr. Trump. Prosecutors were out to get Mr. Trump—many of them still are—and they were happy to take down others in the hope they would have evidence against the President
Political clemency will inevitably follow political prosecutions.
But the Peter Baker at NYT (at YaHoo) whines For a Defeated President, Pardons as an Expression of Grievance. Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Liberal Reporter's Take on Some of Trump's Pardons Are Bound to Trigger Progressives.
People of disreputable character can be said to have been "victimized" by overzealous, ill-founded prosecutions. Occurs on a regular basis. This just happened to be a high profile example that was mindlessly cheered on by the media/activist class for short-term political reasons https://t.co/0bIHlVCagI— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 24, 2020
NPR whines Shock And Dismay After Trump Pardons Blackwater Guards Who Killed 14 Iraqi Civilians, but as Jazz Shaw at Hot Reminds us Ho, Ho, Ho. NY Governor Gives Christmas Pardons, Commutations To Illegal Aliens, Murderers, but that's different because reasons! Brian Darling at Town Hall argues President’s Pardon Power Is Broad and Should be Used Liberally I agree.
Yougov at Hot Air, Poll: Americans Are Divided On Whether A President Can Pardon Himself. I'm shocked, shocked that Americans are divided. Just wait until Joe Biden needs a pardon.
And how are our pardon alumni coming along? Mediaite, Roger Stone Says He’s Going To Sue Bill Barr and Justice Department For $25M After Trump Pardon. Good luck, Roger. John Solomon at JTN says George Papadopoulos wants to know if FBI spied on conversation with Fox News executive. Of course they did, silly!
In a wide-ranging interview with Just the News after his pardon, Papadopoulos said he was troubled by a text message recently released by the Justice Department. In the message, the FBI's lead Russia case agent Peter Strzok appears to be told there is audio of Papadopoulos talking to a Fox News vice president.
In the text, Papadopoulos is referred to by his FBI codename, "Typhoon."
"I know you're not point on this anymore, but typhoon got a call from the VP at Fox News yesterday, who advised that the government was conducting 'checks' on him a few months back," the Jan. 12, 2016 text message from an unidentified FBI employee to Strzok reads.
"I haven't listened to the exact audio, but i'm guess[ing] that's the FARA checks that we did with DOJ on our 4 main guys; especially given the article that you pushed yesterday," the text message added.
From the Canadian Freepers, Gen. Michael Flynn—Will the American Republic Survive?--Part Two