Candace Owens from the Daily Wire recently had the opportunity to sit down and conduct an interview with former President Donald Trump, where she asked him about why he decided against issuing pardons for both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
During the interview, the former president revealed that he was actually “very close to going the other way” on the issue for both men.
“You could have had a chance to pardon these individuals,” Owens went on to say, speaking of both Assange and Snowden. “Why decide not to in that moment?”
“You have two sides of it,” Trump went on to explain concerning the issue. “In one case, you have sort of a spy deal going on, and in another case, you have somebody that’s exposing real corruption. I feel a little bit — I won’t say which one — but I feel a little bit more strongly about one than the other.”
“I could have done it, but — I will say, you have people on both sides of that issue — good people on both sides. And you have bad people on one side. But I decided to let that one ride, let the courts work it out. And I guess the courts are actually doing that,” he added.
“There was some spying things, and there was some bad things released that really set us back and really hurt us with what they did,” the former president continued, seemingly making a reference to Assange, though he wasn’t explicit about it. “But at the same time, in many cases, what they did — these were the same people that came after me so viciously and dishonestly.”
“I could have gone — I was very close to going the other way,” Trump concluded on the matter.
This answer may or may not please the very passionate crowd of individuals who think that Trump should have given these two men a pardon, but at the end of the day, the former president was in possession of a lot more information concerning these two and the actions they participated in, so we just sort of have to trust he did the right thing.
Source: The Daily Wire