Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called rival Hillary Clinton’s email investigation “bigger than Watergate.”
Will the two scandals have the same ending?
According to rumors, a presidential pardon is already in the works.
Washington insiders are whispering that, win or lose, Hillary Clinton may be given the ultimate “get out of jail free” card as a departing gift from President Barack Obama after the election.
The move would ensure that the American people not only never get the true story… but that they never see true justice, either.
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The common misperception is that the president can only pardon someone who has been convicted, or at least charged, with a crime.
But that’s not true.
The president can pardon anyone, anytime, anywhere, for anything except actual impeachment.
Other than that, the Supreme Court ruled in 1866 that the “power thus conferred is unlimited” and “extends to every offence known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment.”
Think Congress can step in? Think again – because the Court ruled on that, too:
“This power of the President is not subject to legislative control,” the landmark Ex parte Garland decision reads. “Congress can neither limit the effect of his pardon, nor exclude from its exercise any class of offenders.”
Yes, Obama can cut the entire Department of Justice – including the FBI – as well as all of Congress completely out of the picture with one stroke of his pen.
Given his unprecedented reliance on executive orders… his unlimited contempt for the Republican-controlled Congress… and his extensive history of granting clemency to criminals including hardened drug dealers… is there any reason to think Obama wouldn’t give Clinton a blanket pardon?
Washington insiders have long predicted that outcome.
“A pardon would be a final display of Obama’s moral superiority to the woman he defeated long ago,” conservative columnist and Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti wrote in August 2015. “Exactly the sort of self-righteous gesture that most appeals to him.”
Continetti even suggested Obama get it over with and pardon Clinton back then.
“If not, if you let the investigation proceed, then you may have no choice but to pardon her later,” he wrote.
Indeed, it looks like that’s exactly where this is heading… and Trump saw this one coming a mile away.
More than one month ago – long BEFORE the FBI reopened its examination – he called on President Obama to vow not to pardon Clinton.
Other GOP lawmakers and hopefuls have made similar demands, and Drew Ferguson – a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in Georgia – even launched a petition urging Obama to refuse to pardon Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton should be treated the same as you or I would be – if we were under investigation by the FBI,” Ferguson said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The response from the White House was exactly what you’d expect.
Of course, Clinton won’t need a pardon from Obama if she wins next week – because she’ll have the ultimate “Trump” card.
There’s no rule to stop a president from pardoning him – or her – self.
— The Horn editorial team