President Trump has thus far issued only 35 pardons and commutations, a tiny fraction of the 1,927 Obama granted executive clemency to before leaving office.
Per Wikipedia, Obama holds the record for the largest single-day use of the clemency power, granting 330 commutations on January 19, 2017, his last full day in office. He also issued more commutations than the past 13 presidents combined.
However the left is already calling Trump “out of control” with some even calling for investigations into Trump’s pardons.
Per TCO, Appearing on CNN, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said, “I mean, we will, of course, I expect, have hearings on this. There’s a process that the president is expected to follow in granting pardons or granting clemency. We’ll try to bring attention to this issue on behalf of the American people. We will continue to do oversight.”
WashingtonExaminer reports a Democrat said he expected the House to investigate this week’s wave of presidential commutations and pardons, including the commutation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s prison sentence.
“I mean, we will, of course, I expect, have hearings on this,” Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, told CNN. “There’s a process that the president is expected to follow in granting pardons or granting clemency. We’ll try to bring attention to this issue on behalf of the American people. We will continue to do oversight.”
Kevin Ryan of Unbiased America writes:
there is nothing about President Trump’s decisions yesterday was lawless. Nor was it unprecedented. Nor does this amount to an unusual amount of clemency actions.
In fact, entering the 4th year of his presidency, President Trump has so far issued fewer pardons, reprieves, respites, remissions, and commutations than all but 4 presidents in history: President George Washington, the 1st president; President John Adams, the 2nd president; President James Garfield, who was assassinated just 6 months into his presidency; and President William Henry Harrison, who died of typhoid just one month after being inaugurated.
And while recent administrations’ actions have contributed to the notion that pardons are late-term phenomenon, a study of the history of clemency actions shows that they’ve occurred spread throughout a presidency: 68% occur during the first 3 years of a 4 year election cycle. Meaning that, if history is any guide, Trump will end his presidency with one of the lowest total number of pardons and commutations of any president.