The sentencing in a 2012 arson case in Oregon led to a protest by Ammon Bundy and dozens of others who complained about alleged federal overreach.
The president suggests the former vice president's chief of staff had been "treated unfairly" by a special counsel who prosecuted him for obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
President Obama can use his immense power of the presidential pardon to de-escalate the war on immigrants, which otherwise threatens to get immeasurably worse under Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, he granted 78 pardons and 153 commutations—the record for any president in a single day—to individuals with nonviolent offenses.
At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump's ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is promising, if she is elected, to pardon the NSA whistleblower, whose revelation of secret government spying ruled illegal by federal judges “was among the most important in US history.”
The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron's sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.
To avoid repeating a scandal like his predecessor’s, George W. Bush gave career lawyers in the Justice Department far-reaching authority to choose who got presidential pardons. The result: Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a pardon, even when the type of crime and severity of sentence are taken into account.Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a presidential pardon.