New reports say that President Donald Trump is extremely interested in handing out some more pardons, which includes “every person” he’s talked to if he should be closing out his current term as president.
Trump has actually gone so far as to refer to the signing of pardons “like Christmas gifts” both to the people who are seeking them and to those who aren’t.
Trump reportedly told an adviser recently that he planned to issue one for “every person who ever talked to me,” which suggests that a handful of lame-duck pardons could be on the horizon as Jan. 20, the date of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, gets closer.
The president said that the pardons could be necessary if the Biden administration targets those in the Trump administration, although the president-elect has said that he won’t force agencies to investigate those who worked under Trump, and he’s said he’ll keep the Department of Justice apolitical.
Trump has only issued one pardon since the summer, and that was for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser. Prior to last month’s pardon, Flynn, 61, sought to dismiss the government’s case against him this year after he previously pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to investigators about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Don’t get discouraged and think this means Trump is giving up the fight against voter fraud. He’s not. In fact, the battle is just getting started. There’s no reason to stop pushing for these incidents to be investigated.
Rather, the president is just expressing his desire to bless others, should this end up being the last of his time in office. It’s a preparation, not a declaration of defeat.