Trump has issued slightly fewer pardons than others at this stage of his presidency, but there is a theme to his decisions

The presidential pardon has never been a particularly fair or impartial instrument of government – it’s effectively circumventing the judicial system at the whim of whoever is in office. Democratic and Republican presidents have offered pardons to those on their side of key issues, and in some cases (Bill Clinton’s pardon of former Democratic congressman Mel Reynolds on federal fraud charges, for example) pardons have been given to political allies with little wider moral justification.

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