Why Did Obama Pardon these People?

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    Am I alone in thinking a president should issue a statement explaining the reason for every pardon given? Why won't this president explain himself? I'm not saying whether these people should have been pardoned or not, just that whom a president chooses to pardon can tell us a lot about the president's character and what (s)he stands for. Why won't they address the question of why these individuals were chosen and pardoned by the president?
     
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    Other than in cases of impeachment, the power is without restriction. Article 2, Section 2:

    I think it would be a good idea though. Clinton caught lots of flak for those last minute pardons.
     
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    I never said he had the power.

    I just said I want the president to issue a statement explaining his reasons.
     
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    I agreed with you. He does have the power and all of them, not just Obama, should give some reason why, IMO, though I'm pretty sure we'll never see an amendment on it.
     
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    I would wager that if one were to check carefully, these folks needed the pardon for a reason, employment maybe, vanity, who knows, and they reached out to their congresscritter, paid up and got moved to the top of the list and viola'. They all do it...
     
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    Even if we could get a written explanation for any and all pardons, we couldn't take them for any real value. Some speech writer would write them and 15 party people would approve them.
     
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    I expect those people are related to someone with political or finiancial suction (same thing really).
     
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    Ya' wanna start, now, huh???? :rolleyes:

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    I would go further. There should be no Presidential Pardons, commuting of sentences etc...ever. How this crazy privilege of office survived all these years is a sad chapter of American history.

    Instead, there should be a separate panel of the 3 most senior members of the Supreme Court who decide upon pardons commutations, etc...
     
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    Why should he explain anything? The Constitution grants the president the unilateral power to pardon, and it should be used more often. The sad part of this is that Obama waited almost tow years, and then chose to pardon people who don't need it. He obviously chose them because none of these people would create any controversy at all, which tells me all I need to know about his character.
     

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