Trump’s team have been so inundated with pardon requests that they’ve had to create a spreadsheet

Greg Evans
Thursday 17 December 2020 13:09
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As Donald Trump's controversial presidency comes to a tumultuous conclusion, his White House is reportedly descending into levels of chaos that may well have never been seen before in the prestigious building.

Although Trump has not publicly acknowledged his loss to Joe Biden he is still trying to fight it on every conceivable level but will almost definitely come away empty-handed. However, those closest to him and those that have worked with him in the past four years (and previously) are under no illusions that Trump's time is coming to an end and want to make sure that their hands are clean from any future repercussions.

According to a CNN report, Trump's White House aides have been inundated with requests for pardons or commutations that they've actually had to create a spreadsheet of all the names in order to keep track of them. 

Apart from Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, the report does not state exactly how many requests the team has received but Trump has apparently taken an active interest and is reviewing some cases.

CNN adds that Trump has also consulted his own personal network to see who they think should be pardoned but he appears to be favouring those that have remained loyal to him.

Although the report does not disclose who has asked for a pardon, it does state that Trump is considering around two dozen pardons but according to reporter Pamela Brown, there has been hundreds of requests.

Those that Trump has already given pardons during his presidency include former associates and supporters such as Roger Stone, Michael Flynn and Dinesh D'Souza as well as a posthumous pardon for heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony and Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time offender who had her prison sentence commuted a week after Kim Kardashian had pleaded for Johnson's release at the White House.

However, according to CNN's source, who is familiar with the pardons that are being requested, the overwhelming number is creating an air of chaos. 

They are quoted as saying: "It's turned crazy. There is a lot of activity." 

This is mostly because Trump has shown no interest in using the Justice Department's Pardon Attorney system. Instead those submitting the requests are contacting the president directly. Others who have also been receiving the requests are reportedly Jared Kushner, chief of staff Mark Meadows and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

The source added, "Everyone assumed there's no formal process and they should reach out to the administration directly. Everyone hopes they have a friend of a friend of a friend of a cousin who they hope will get them to read their email."

A later report on CNN television, which you can see above does claim that potential pardons from Trump could include Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani and even himself.

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