Friday, April 29, 2016
Politico says that, earlier this week, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates wrote an "unusual letter" pleading with volunteer lawyers "to get the commutation applications filed right away." The Department of Justice (DOJ) was, of course, already receiving record numbers of clemency applications before Clemency Project 2014 (CP14) submitted over 800 more. And DOJ has set a record for denials since the highly publicized, impressive, official call for even more.
Unfortunately, it is now known that CP14 has effectively "screened out" 20,000 clemency applicants. When a U.S. Pardon Attorney abruptly resigned recently, it was also revealed that some positive recommendations for clemency by the Office of the Pardon Attorney that had been forwarded to the President were deep-sixed ... by Yates! The White House called this a "revamp" of the clemency process.
Meanwhile, White House Counsel, Neil Eggleston thinks everything is "moving forward in a pretty good way." See full "story" here.