underscored how many of his close associates and supporters throughout his presidency became ensnared in corruption cases and other legal troubles, and highlighted again his willingness to use his power to help them.Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:
His decision to grant clemency to a number of people caught up in high-profile corruption cases also represented a final lashing out by Mr. Trump at a criminal justice system that he had come to view as unfairly hounding him and his allies. It came as the Senate prepared for his second impeachment trial, on a charge of inciting the deadly riot at the Capitol this month . . .
The latest round of pardons and commutations — 143 in total — followed dozens last month, when Mr. Trump pardoned associates like Paul Manafort and Roger J. Stone Jr., and four Blackwater guards convicted in connection with the killing of Iraqi civilians.
Even Nixon didn't pardon his cronies on the way out. Amazingly, in his final 24 hours in office, Donald Trump found one more way to fail to live up to the ethical standard of Richard Nixon.
Speaking of Nixon, the only president to resign, Trump banned any mentio of Nixon's name in his final weeks in office.
And he has made clear to aides in separate conversations that mere mention of President Richard Nixon, the last president to resign, was banned.
He told one adviser during an expletive-laden conversation recently never to bring up the ex-president ever again.
Trump did not consider resigning, because he couldn't count on Pence pardoning him like Gerald Ford did for Nixon.
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Wow, twice in one week a talking head on TV (first Christopher Krebs, now Anderson Cooper) accidentally said "erection."— Sage Lerner (@sage_lerner) January 20, 2021
Can it really be helped when getting tongued tied over words like "election" and "insurrection"? 😂
Oh man its even in the official transcript: pic.twitter.com/VbpQhfPe7B— Zion (@Ziontrains) January 20, 2021
To be fair, there WERE a lot of dicks there that day.— Nick Piers (@NickPiers) January 20, 2021
WSJ reporters have reviewed many private messages among the Capitol riot gang.— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) January 17, 2021
“I just got a freedom boner,” announced the official Proud Boys account, after seeing a supportive Trump tweet.https://t.co/eWbav6Mm8h