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President Trump gave a full pardon to a longtime friend who last year wrote a glowing book about Trump's successes.

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"President Trump gave a full pardon to a longtime friend who last year wrote a glowing book about Trump's successes"

Everyone knows you can manipulate Trump by flattering him.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2019-05-16 08:05 AM | Reply

Everyone knows you can manipulate Trump by flattering him.

#1 | Posted by Zed

also, by renting his real estate (or better yet buying at an exorbitant price way above market value) or giving him or his family a low interest loan, or buying into his "club".

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-05-16 07:25 PM | Reply

Just following in the footsteps of the left's wonderful bill clinton; remember Marc Rich?

For those of you here that were too young to have known I give you the following from Wiki:

Marc Rich (born Marcell David Reich; December 18, 1934 – June 26, 2013) was an international commodities trader, hedge fund manager, financier and businessman.[2] He founded the commodities company Glencore, and was later indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion and making oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis. He was in Switzerland at the time of the indictment and never returned to the United States.[3] He received a widely criticised presidential pardon from U.S. President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, Clinton's last day in office.[4]

On January 20, 2001, hours before leaving office, U.S. President Bill Clinton granted Rich a controversial presidential pardon. Several of Clinton's strongest supporters distanced themselves from the decision.[26] Former President Jimmy Carter, a fellow Democrat, said, "I don't think there is any doubt that some of the factors in his pardon were attributable to his large gifts. In my opinion, that was disgraceful."[27]

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-05-16 08:39 PM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY MSGT

So Clinton's wrong makes Trump right? I'm not following.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-05-16 08:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

You are following.

Clinton's wrong makes Trump's right.

It's their turn now.

And here we are.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-16 08:54 PM | Reply

#5

I was always taught that two wrongs do not make a right. Clinton was wrong, but that doesn't make it right for Trump.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-05-16 09:09 PM | Reply

Whatsleft.

Username checks out.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-16 09:36 PM | Reply

Conrad Black was convicted of mail fraud and obstruction and had already served a majority of his sentence,5 of 6 years. So Trump pardoned a 75 year old white color criminal with little chance of re offending. I would say it was a sweetheart deal but Black isn't even a citizen, can't contribute to a campaign or vote. He is Canadian, and this was probity a little tweek on Justin Trudeau, who needs a little tweek to bring him back into reality, a place he seldom frequents.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-17 02:13 AM | Reply

Just following in the footsteps of the left's wonderful bill clinton; remember Marc Rich?

Your whataboutism is noted comrade.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-17 07:06 AM | Reply

The only person who is more of an ------- than Conrad Black is his wife.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-05-17 07:54 AM | Reply

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Trump pardoned a 75 year old white color criminal

Freudian slip?

#11 | Posted by JOE at 2019-05-17 07:56 AM | Reply

So Trump pardoned a 75 year old white color criminal with little chance of re offending.

He pardoned an unrepentant undeserving rich guy who ruined many peoples lives while doing nothing about 75 year old poor people who will stay in prison until they die for much lesser crimes

#12 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-05-17 08:34 AM | Reply

#12 | Posted by hatter5183, Not true, the long term prisoners are there for good reason. Murders, rapes, kidnapping and bank robbery. In Texas, the average sentence for simple murder is 20 years, most get out on good behavior in 7. Most convicted of nonviolent crimes serve less than 3 years. The vast majority of drug offenders were dealers that plea bargained the offense down to simple possession.
#11 | Posted by JOE, no, I'll blame the auto correct.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-17 08:58 AM | Reply

3278 people in prison for life without parole for nonviolent offenses

www.aclu.org

Robbing $5,000 (average take) from a bank is worse than stealing $60 million from retirees?

4,400 people die in prison each year.

There was no legitimate reason to pardon this man

#14 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-05-17 09:08 AM | Reply

#14 | Posted by hatter5183 So you take what the ACLU says at face value? If you do some looking you will find that many of these individuals got to prison on nonviolent charges, but committed serious crime within the institution. The big cause for life imprisonment in many states is the Habitual Criminal Statutes. Three separate convictions on any felony crime will get you life without parole. In other words, the third time you enter prison, will be your last. You will die there.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-17 09:17 AM | Reply

So you take what the ACLU says at face value?

Do you really not believe there is a single person in prison for something less than what Conrad Black did just because the ACLU pointed it out?

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2019-05-17 09:22 AM | Reply

Here's another flattering page-turner just waiting to be written: "Donny, Eric, Tiffany and Barron and their three mommies"...

#17 | Posted by catdog at 2019-05-17 09:23 AM | Reply

#16 | Posted by JOE, You forget that the POTUS has no power over state prisons. Only about 10% of the prison population is in federal institutions. Contact your governor if you know of someone in the situation you describe.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-17 09:32 AM | Reply

I'm talking about federal prison, numbnuts. I didn't forget anything. Answer the question.

#19 | Posted by JOE at 2019-05-17 10:18 AM | Reply

So you take what the ACLU says at face value?

#15 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2019-05-17 09:17 AM | REPLY

Says the guy who believes Trump

#20 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-05-17 10:38 AM | Reply

#19 | Posted by JOE Usually when you resort to name calling you acknowledge that you have lost the argument. Tell you what, check out the 3278 individuals in prison for life for non violent crimes. Find one that you want to move in with you. Petition Trump for his release. Most of these guys stole millions, causing many innocent people to suffer financially, some died as a result. www.huffpost.com Black was small potatoes comparatively and he made restitution to his victims.

#21 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-17 10:40 AM | Reply

So you refuse to answer #16? Just confirming. Thanks.

#22 | Posted by JOE at 2019-05-17 10:48 AM | Reply

Not true, the long term prisoners are there for good reason.

#13 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2019-05-17 08:58 AM | REPLY

Why is it that you have such absolute faith in the criminal justice system but believe anything else the government does is rife with waste and fraud.

Many innocent people are in prison because an elected DA needed to solve a publicized crime or face defeat in the next election.

Many innocent people are in prison on long sentences because they refused to plea bargain to lighter sentences.

A person who commits a crime and gets caught often plea bargains to a lesser charge but an if a suspect says they are innocent they get the book thrown at them and face more severe charges up front

A person who confesses to a crime and is properly charged will get a lesser sentence than a person proclaiming their innocence because they "show remorse" and the innocent person is "unapologetic"

A poor person who cannot afford a good lawyer will be treated much more harshly than a white collar criminal who can use the money he stole to buy a good lawyer.

Conrad Black was convicted of stealing $60 Million. It is likely that was all they could PROVE but he stole much more. He is and was a lifelong grifter.

#23 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-05-17 11:59 AM | Reply

I'll just leave this here. Ignore the scoring but notice how many people on both sides made really bad pardons. Notice how these occurred prior to Trump? Notice how your partisan hate just makes you look foolish because you ignore that your party does the same thing?

www.ranker.com

#24 | Posted by humtake at 2019-05-17 12:44 PM | Reply

commutations are not pardons. Take thos out and you have a clear pattern of republicans making bad pardons

#25 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-05-17 01:00 PM | Reply

I was always taught that two wrongs do not make a right.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft

Perhaps, but THREE Rights does make a Left.

OCU

#26 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-05-17 01:18 PM | Reply

3 rights is just spinning

#27 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-05-17 01:30 PM | Reply

Trump Pardons Billionaire Friend - With more to come.

MAGA

#28 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2019-05-17 01:53 PM | Reply

MAGA

Mexicans Always Get Across

#29 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-05-17 01:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It just amazes me that people who base tgeir entire ideology on the premise that the government cant do anything right believe the court system to be infallible and fair when it is demonstrably unfair based both on race and income of the accused.

#30 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-05-17 09:37 PM | Reply

#30 | Posted by hatter5183, We elect our judges in Texas. But your point is true, the rich can hire better defense, their own experts and drag out a trial for years till the witnesses disperse or die. Still we put rich punks into prison every day here. Especially for murder.

#31 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-05-19 07:26 AM | Reply

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