During the Republican primary, Sen. Marco Rubio made a joke that nearly could’ve become reality — that if Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton became president, she might become the first to end up pardoning herself. Funny… and probably true.
Clearly, that option is off the table now. As many of us remember, during the second debate between Donald Trump and Hillary, Trump made a promise to prosecute Hillary if he was elected president. With Trump now the president-elect, that promise is being taken seriously.
But a pardon might be coming before Trump takes office.
Via The New York Post:
The White House isn’t ruling out the possibility of Hillary Clinton receiving a last-minute pardon from President Obama — even though she hasn’t been charged with a crime. Asked at Wednesday’s press briefing whether Obama had considered utilizing his unique executive power, press secretary Josh Earnest was cryptic.
“The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons,” Earnest said.
“And we didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals and that’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations,” he added.
Fascinating. So she hasn’t been charged with a crime, and yet a pardon isn’t off the table. It’s almost as if they’re admitting that without the Democrat establishment on her side, she would be — will be — in jail.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]