While Donald Trump was being elected, Obama breaks record of most clemency acts by a president in a single day in United States history. He pardoned 78 people and commuted the sentence of 153 others.
Per Western Journalism:
White House Counsel Neil Eggleston explained in a statement, “Today’s acts of clemency — and the mercy the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients — exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances. The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance.”
According to the attorney, Obama to date has commuted the sentences of 1,176 people, including 395 life sentences, and granted a total of 148 pardons.
It makes you wonder. Of all days to break the record of most clemency acts, why would he do it on the day the Electoral College is voting in Donald Trump?
Let's take a look at the number of commuted sentences by President Obama compared to past presidents.
Obama had this to say about it this summer:
“These men and women were not hardened criminals. But the overwhelming majority had to be sentenced to at least 20 years. … I believe that at its heart, America’s a nation of second chances. And I believe these folks deserve their second chance.”
Obama Breaks Record of Most Clemency Acts
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