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Here Come The Pardons

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President Donald Trump is readying to move to the last phase of his presidency: Pardons.

Citing three sources, CNN reported Tuesday that the White House is having discussions about pardoning multiple people in the President’s orbit, including Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser.

A possible pardon for Flynn would be the latest instance of the President using his expansive pardon power for a high-profile ally.

To date, Trump’s record on presidential pardons has been marked by personal connections, showmanship and an aversion to going through official government channels.

His list of pardon includes Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff, Dinesh D’Souza, right-wing commentator, and Michael Milken, a financier convicted of securities fraud. And earlier this year, he commuted the sentence of his longtime confidant Roger Stone, whose conviction stemmed from the Mueller investigation.

Trump has also granted pardons at the urging of Kim Kardashian West, who made her case in the Oval Office.

Flynn’s tenure at the White House lasted just a few weeks. He resigned after getting caught in a public lie about his Russian contacts. He’s become an emblem of Trump’s persistent efforts to undermine the Russia investigation and a conduit for testing the separation of powers between judges and prosecutors.