Just weeks before leaving office, President Obama has overtaken the presidential single-day record by pardoning 78 and commuting the sentencing of another 153 criminals, most of whom are in jail for drug trafficking.All totaled, Obama has commuted the sentences of more criminals than the past nine presidents combined.
You won’t see any names you recognize among those who’ve had their sentences commuted, but many are speculating the high-profile names that could be on Obama’s list he’s saving for last.
As Breitbart reported: Barack Obama has been very busy pardoning prisoners in his last days in office wind down, but so far he has pardoned neither Edward Snowden, Bowe Bergdahl nor Chelsea Manning – and speculation is now focused on these names as possible beneficiaries of Obama’s overheated pen.
There is a large number of people petitioning for Obama’s favors, among them the three notorious figures most currently in the news: Snowden, Bergdahl, and Manning, The Daily Mail notes.It may seem likely that Obama could pardon traitor Bergdahl not only because of the link to Islam but because of the gentle treatment Obama afforded the traitorous soldier’s parents. The President’s sympathy for the LGBTQ community may also make a pardon for secrets leaker Chelsea Manning a possibility. But because of his connection to this purported Russian hacking and with Obama’s sudden broadsides against Russia after Hillary Clinton’s loss, a pardon for WikiLeaks front man Edward Snowden may seem less likely. All three are legitimate possibilities despite the outcry by many against Snowden’s pardon. Snowden and Trump are no fans of one another either.
But there are others being thrust before Obama, too. Bernie Sanders, for instance, wants Obama to pardon Puerto Rican terrorist Oscar López Rivera, the founder of the FALN terror group. FALN is responsible for at least six deaths, 130 serious injuries, and 114 bombings perpetrated throughout the 1970s.
Also on the list is hapless, corrupt former Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich, a corrupt Illinois politician who tried to buy the Senate seat Obama vacated to become president. Another on the possible list is murderer Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who killed two FBI agents in 1975.Whoever Obama adds to his long list of pardons and commutations, though, he has already achieved the record of bestowing presidential favors to more criminals than any other president in history.
Presidents have a tendency to grant the greatest number of pardons their last day in office (Bill Clinton gave 140, for example). Who do you think Obama is saving for last? And Hillary doesn’t count, because she hasn’t been charged…[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]