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Pardon Me

You might get the impression from the controversies surrounding President Trump’s uses of his clemency powers that there have been a lot of them. He has actually issued far fewer pardons and commutations than most presidents. One reason we have heard a lot more about his is that a very high proportion of his grants of clemency have gone to political allies.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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