The statement was, of course, a preposterous blunder. Amnesties and group pardons are a great American tradition.
While her original blunder may have been potentially rationalized as the by-product of context (being tied to the reasonable conclusion that an amnesty, or group pardon, would not be appropriate for so-called "Dreamers," seeking citizenship), Attorney General Lynch, at the POLITICO gathering, went on to tie the erroneous commentary to the possibility of a "blanket clemency for drug offenders." Said Lynch:
We obviously have been doing a great deal of work on the president’s clemency initiative for several years now, and [I'm] very, very gratified [he] has taken the recommendation of the Department of Justice, although I will tell you he reviews every file himself. These are very individual decisions, ... When you’re talking about clemency, the same as with pardons, it’s a very individualized decision. I think it would be hard to craft a system for a blanket commutation of a class of people.Apparently, no one challenged the observation, which explains so very, very much. Lynch's talk of "frameworks," "regulatory frameworks" and "systems" are clear indicators of a lack of information and/or inability to correctly articulate empirical reality. This does not bode well for thousands seeking justice and a DOJ highly skilled at saying "no." See POLITICO reporting here.