Wednesday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney blasted Trump’s final pardon spree.
“I can’t imagine the founders in providing for pardon power for a president anticipated that presidents would use it to reward political friends,” Romney said “and as a result I would hope that we could develop a tradition of more narrowly providing pardons.”
He added that this tradition should be “not providing them to people who are cronies or political individuals.”
Romney also said he “would love to see a constitutional remedy” but admitted “it’s unlikely that something like that can get passed just given the difficult process of passing a constitutional amendment.”
President Trump’s final batch of over 140 pardons included Steve Bannon and rapper Lil Wayne.
Donald Trump’s final batch of more than 140 pardons and sentence commutations was the ultimate confirmation of the president's willingness to bless patrons and friends. https://t.co/zIQ3FtFlHb
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 20, 2021