What is needed is a strong, clear message that the pardon power does not enable a president to pardon whomever he pleases for whatever purpose he chooses.
"I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a pardon from Trump," the "Tiger King" star tweeted this week.
President Donald Trump issued dozens of pardons and commutations on his last full day in office.
The rapper is serving a four-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of multiple illegal firearms in November 2019.
Notable people pardoned by Trump today include former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and rapper Lil Wayne.
The rapper was expected to face a prison sentence of up to 10 years after pleading guilty to a weapon possession charge.
Trump chose not to issue pardons for himself of his personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be freed after serving just seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for bribery and racketeering charges while holding public office.
Trump released a list of pardons on Tuesday, as last-minute presidential pardons have been a long-standing custom for outgoing presidents.
In the final hours of his presidency, Donald Trump is expected to grant close to 100 pardons. Some fear he can issue secret pardons to his family and friends.
The Tiger King star is currently serving a 22-year sentence for plotting to kill his rival Carole Baskin and for animal cruelty.
"There's reportedly a lucrative market for pardons," Colbert joked during his Monday night monologue, with the president reportedly due to pardon more than 100 people.
When it comes to Donald Trump, the incoming president has a critical decision to make about the best way to move the country forward—and neither Democrats nor Republicans are likely to be happy about his choice.
The "Trump told me to" defense provides "great evidence" for a Senate impeachment trial, joked one activist.
Legal scholars are divided on whether it would be possible for the president to pardon himself, and the case becomes even weaker after impeachment.
On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump issued 15 pardons and commuted the sentences of 5 other people.
"I've been asked—on a scale of one to ten, who will be the next president of the United States, and I say Donald Trump. Ten," Flynn told the crowd at a "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington D.C.
Before leaving office on January 20, President Donald Trump "will step down and allow the vice president to pardon him," New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday.
The president has previously asserted that he has the power to self-pardon but would have no need to do so.
"But this is who Donald Trump is," Schiff told CNN. "It's who he was on his way into the presidency, it will be exactly who he is on his last days of the presidency."
The pardon power isn't normally thought of as a deregulatory legal tool, but here, it could be just that.
Alice Johnson spent nearly 22 years in federal prison on nonviolent drug trafficking charges before President Donald Trump commuted her sentence in 2018.
Trump has called Ponder "a living testament to the power of prayer," and a reminder "that prayer changes hearts and transforms lives."
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones told his radio audience Tuesday that a White House insider said President Donald Trump plans to pardon his former campaign adviser Roger Stone, currently awaiting sentencing on multiple felony charges related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Senator Ted Cruz told reporters on Monday that he never studied constitutional pardoning, but wrote about the topic in a 2016 Harvard Law journal.
Kim Kardashian West seeks clemency for Alice Johnson, who is serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.
Presidents have granted December pardons for years. Will Donald Trump follow the time-honored tradition by pardoning Michael Flynn?