Kim Jong Un was not the only leader testing his weapons Friday night. President Trump launched a warning pardon that announced his weaponization of the Pardon Power.
Trump’s pardon of the odious Sheriff Joe Arpaio, racial profiler, torturer, and enemy of the rule of law, was a flagrant abuse of the pardon power for political gain. Trump spoke to the sizable portion of his base that thrives on anti-immigrant, racist, tough-guy messaging. The far larger impact, however, may lie in the message it sends to subjects of the Russia investigation and the further evidence it provides of Trump’s willingness to use the powers of the presidency to obstruct justice. Read more