If you ask me January 20, 2017, president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration day, can’t come soon enough. But President Obama is probably feeling a little rushed. He’s got very little time left for causing more destruction, or importing a few thousand more refugees, or pardoning a few criminals or even writing a few more executive orders.
President Obama, like others before him, thanks to Article II of the Constitution, has the power to circumvent the justice system by issuing official pardons for anyone he chooses. The process can’t be reviewed, blocked or overturned. It’s one of the most controversial presidential powers there is.
H/T The Washington Times:
As President Obama runs out the clock on his eight-year tenure, analysts say, he still has plenty of business left undone, and they expect him to follow the lead of other presidents and issue a series of rules, to add to his list of executive orders, to continue his record-setting pace of commutations and perhaps add a controversial pardon or two into the mix.
“I do think a pardon for Huma and Weiner might happen,” said Michael McKenna, a Republican lobbyist, referring to Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony D. Weiner, whose emails are being scoured by the FBI for wrongdoing.
Truly lame-duck presidents are freed from political concerns, don’t have to worry about other elections and can even help take political heat off their successor — or try to lock in their own policies that their successor might not fully support.
For Mr. Obama, who already has set records for the most expansive regulatory agenda in U.S. history, his final months offer a chance to pad his lead and plow new ground, particularly on energy and environmental issues.
Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum, said five major rules — including renewable fuels and methane — are awaiting action.
“It’s easily in the billions of dollars,” he said.
“Executive orders suit the needs of an outgoing president who wants to establish or change policy, or is striving to secure his legacy,” the Congressional Research Service said in a study of presidential transitions.
Mr. Bush issued 11 lame-duck executive orders, Mr. Clinton issued 22, President George H.W. Bush had 14 and President Reagan issued 12. President Carter set the modern marker with 36 in his final days in office — nearly a third of those relating to the hostage crisis in Iran that dominated his last year.
In regards to presidential pardons, George HW Bush issued 77, Bill Clinton issued 456 (140 in his last hour), and George W Bush issued 176.
In regards to commutations, Obama has granted 562 total commutations during his presidency, shortening the sentences of more federal inmates than any president since Calvin Coolidge. As Americans, we should look for more to come in the next few months prior to Donald Trump taking office.
Then when Donald Trump takes office he will implement is “100 day plan” which includes rescinding every single llegal and unconstitutional executive action that Obama has done. In addition, Trump will work with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare which should really lift a massive burden off of many Americans. Trump will also renegotiate NAFTA, withdrawl from TPP, lift restrictions on production of American resources – coal and shale, as well as, moving forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline, all of which will help create jobs and put many Americans back to work.
It’s going to take time to restore our country after 8 years of Obama in office, but most Americans know Donald Trump is a man of action. That’s why they voted with confidence for Donald Trump for President….to “Make America Great Again”.
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