President Trump’s Thanksgiving eve pardon of Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, is prompting questions about who else might win clemency in the president’s final weeks in office.
Speculation over whether Trump would offer pardons for allies and supporters who have been convicted of federal crimes or face serious legal liability has long been a subject in Washington.
And the controversial decision to pardon Flynn, who had pleaded guilty in federal court, quickly stirred talk that there will be more Trump pardons to come.
Trump has frequently criticized investigations of him and his administration as a “witch hunt.” He argued that Flynn in particular had been treated unfairly.
It’s not uncommon for an outgoing president to issue sweeping pardons, though it can be controversial. Former President Clinton was heavily criticized after he issued 140 pardons on his last day in office, including for his own brother and a well-connected Democratic donor.
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