Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Obama: Most Individual Grants in a Day?

President Obama was exceptionally merciless in his first term. In addition to being the second slowest president to grant the first pardon of his administration, he has since "made history" with (1) the largest number of clemency applications (2) the largest number of clemency applications denied (3) the largest number of clemency applications closed or denied without presidential action. His Attorney General apparently thinks previous presidents have violatd the Constitution with their numerous historic amnesties (group or blanket pardons). President Obama is also currently engaged in the largest 4th-year clemency surge in history and thousands of applications are pending as the final weeks wind down.

Yet, today's headlines appear to be highly impressed by the fact that President Obama has set a record for the largest number individual pardons and commutations of sentence granted in a single day - 231. Few seem to be aware that he has simply surpassed his own record - by our own count - set just four months ago (214). But, a reader of this blog offers another, compelling viewpoint:

"On Dec. 23, 1947, Pres. Truman granted pardon to 1,523 specifically named persons. Here’s the operative language:
Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article II of the Constitution of the United States, do hereby grant a full pardon to those persons convicted of violating the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 as amended whose names are included in the list of names attached hereto and hereby made a part of this proclamation.
If the WH wants to play the game of who has done the most pardons in a single day (as opposed to amnesty proclamations that pardoned tens of thousands of persons who fell within a class), then why isn’t this the record?

Truman pardoned more than 1,500 specifically named persons at one time.  Just sayin.

Maybe Obama can claim the record for the most grants in a single day by a left-handed president?  Or on a Monday before Christmas?  I know, the most pardons in a single day announced while the President was in Hawaii.  There’s plenty of glory to go around!"

Things that make you (us) go hmmmmmm.

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