Romney blows up Trump pardons and desires there was a constitutional modification to ban pardons for cronies
To anyone’s surprise, Trump spent his last day in office apologizing for celebrities and political allies. Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black had both ended their ongoing legal troubles with the stroke of the president’s pen.
Al Pirro, the ex-husband of Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, has been pardoned. But perhaps the most annoying excuse was the one given to former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon. Bannon was charged with an attempt to defraud Trump supporters on the pretext of building a border wall.
Frequent Trump critic Mitt Romney blown up the pardons on Wednesday afternoon. “I can’t imagine that in providing pardons to a president, the founders expected presidents to reward political friends, so I would hope we can develop a tradition of closer pardon. “
The Utah Senator stated that there should be a tradition:do not pass it on to people who are friends or political individuals. “
The issue then revolved around preventing presidents like Trump from giving pardons that were obviously politically motivated. Romney continued: “[I] would like to see a constitutional remedy. It is unlikely that something like this can be passed, given the difficult process of passing a constitutional amendment. “
Trump’s pardons from this week were in line with those given throughout his tenure. The ex-president had previously granted reprieve to the likes of Joe Arpaio, Rod Blagojevich, Scooter Libby, Dinesh D’Souza and a number of war criminals.
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