Obama Pardons 2016: Who Will the President Pardon as He Leaves Office?
December 18, 2016

Who will President Barack Obama pardon on his way out the door?

Presidential pardoning can become more interesting when a president in winding down his final term because there is less to lose politically by granting surprise or controversial clemency actions.

There are some high-profile people Obama could pardon, such as Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden. He also might use the pardon pen to correct perceived racial injustice, for people like black nationalist Marcus Garvey, boxer Jack Johnson, and American Indian activist Leonard Peltier. Some want Obama to pardon undocumented immigrants known as dreamers or even Hillary or Bill Clinton, to ward off a Trump administration prosecution.

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