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On the second debate - Clittary Hilton

Oct. 10th, 2016

01:25 pm - On the second debate

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Trump has won this debate hands down. He was dealt a stacked deck by hostile moderators, but prevailed. The winning line was his promise to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary's shenanigans ("to look into your situation"). This line resonates widely, because all the republicans, most of the independents, and a good chunk of the democrats, would love to see Madame Secretary in jail.

I must disappoint them, however, this ain't gonna happen. In the unlikely event Trump wins in November, Obama-the-lame-duck will pardon her, in advance and for all her crimes. Of course, the Nobel Laureate's conscience will not come cheap to the Clinton Foundation. But they do have experience in trading presidential pardons for hard cash. Recall the fugitive businessman Marc Rich, who had paid $1M openly (and untold millions under the table) and received a lame-duck pardon on January 20, 2001, Clinton's last day in office. Obama might be more expensive because he would be also selling his reputation, of which Clinton had none.


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Date:October 11th, 2016 12:39 am (UTC)
I always thought that for one to be pardoned, one has to be formally indicted. Googled it, and whad'ya know? There is a precedent:

In 1866, the Supreme Court ruled in Ex parte Garland that the pardon power "extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment." (In that case, a former Confederate senator successfully petitioned the court to uphold a pardon that prevented him from being disbarred.) Generally speaking, once an act has been committed, the president can issue a pardon at any time—regardless of whether charges have even been filed.

Could Obama do better? Why not. How 'bout issuing an executive indulgence (just like the Catholic Church does) from any federal crime committed in the next 8 years?
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Date:October 11th, 2016 03:58 pm (UTC)
The more recent precedent: Ford granted Nixon a "full, free, and absolute pardon", which ended any possibility of an indictment.

We are pretty close to an "executive indulgence"... how about фирман на отстрел полицейских?
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