Trump has pardoned 28 people – Obama, nearly 2,000.

On November 25th, the President pardoned General Michael Flynn who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts during the Russian investigation. Many Americans believe that Flynn was targeted politically and the sentence was unwarranted.

Representative Adam Schiff retorted immediately on Twitter saying, “Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered up for him. This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians. It’s no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in — Crooked to the end.” The response is not surprising considering that Schiff led the partisan assault on General Flynn in 2016, so the matter is personal. Every presidential pardon is controversial on some level. However, Trump has not “abused the pardon power” in the least.

Particularly entertaining, is the reaction from the left suggesting that the President is a horrible leader because he pardoned a ‘criminal’ – as if it were possible to pardon someone who is not a criminal – after all, that is the definition of a pardon.

Also entertaining, are so-called news sites that exclaim loudly about the list of pardons from the President as being significant in size. The nonprofit ‘journalism’ site, Mother Jones, used the headline “A Shockingly Long List of Trump’s Controversial Pardons,” for example. In the article, they list 20 pardons. But which presidents gave out the largest number of “get out of jail free cards” during their administration?

There are 28 pardons listed on the DOJ’s website attributed to President Trump. Wikipedia says 25. (Either way, Mother Jones missed a few.) Comparatively, President Obama awarded clemency to a total of 1927 people during his presidency. Granted, Obama had 8 years for those pardons and Trump has only had 4 – but Trump has executed pardons approximately once every two months – Obama on the other hand pardoned nearly 4 people every 3 days of his presidency – more than one pardon a day while in office. Only three other Presidents have granted a larger number: F. D. Roosevelt, 3,687; Wilson, 2,480; and Truman, 2,044.

Here is a list of presidential pardons by president: (please note, none of those pardons include the 1-2 live turkeys pardoned each year of each presidency, as it tradition in the US before Thanksgiving day.)

PardonsPresident
3687Franklin Roosevelt
2480Woodrow Wilson
2044Harry S. Truman
1927Barack Obama
1545Calvin Coolidge
1385Herbert Hoover
1332Ulysses S. Grant
1187Lyndon B. Johnson
1157Dwight D. Eisenhower
1107Gover Cleveland
981Theodore Roosevelt
926Richard M. Nixon
918William McKinley
893Rutherford B. Hayes
800Warren G. Harding
758William H. Taft
654Andrew Johnson
613Benjamin Harris
575John F. Kennedy
566Jimmy Carter
459Bill Clinton
419James Monroe
409Gerald R. Ford
406Ronald Reagan
386Andrew Jackson
343Abraham Lincoln
337Chester. A. Arthur
268James K. Polk
209John Tyler
200George W. Bush
196James Madison
183John Quincy Adams
170Millard Fillmore
168Martin Van Buren
150James Buchanan
142Franklin Pierce
119Thomas Jefferson
77George H. W. Bush
38Zachary Taylor
28 so farDonald J. Trump
21John Adams
16George Washington
0William Henry Harrison
0James A. Garfield

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