President Barack Obama hugs Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after addressing the delegates during the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House: Hillary Pardon a Possibility

With shouts of “lock her up” at Trump rallies, followed by gracious praise of Hillary Clinton by Donald Trump in his late-night victory speech, one can be forgiven if “mixed message” comes to mind. But should Clinton get away scot free for what’s obviously an egregious transgression of the law.

President Obama has clearly not ruled out a last-minute pardon for Clinton.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama is hopeful that Mr. Trump will follow long-standing tradition of not punishing political opponents through the criminal-justice system. He said all clemency actions go through a formal process, and that will remain in place until the end of Mr. Obama’s presidency in January.

“The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons,” Mr. Earnest said. “We didn’t talk in advance about those decisions.”

He said Mrs. Clinton “has worked very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt for her service to our country.”

The decision not to prosecute Clinton is now well known to be a political deal that threw FBI Director James Comey under the bus. Now that Trump will sit in the Oval Office, there will be enormous pressure to pursue charges, a special prosecutor, or a grand jury to decide Clinton’s case.

With Obama worried about his legacy, he might consider the “optics” of granting a pardon and how that might affect Democratic candidates in the future. But that’s never stopped our current president before.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

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