Obama Should Pardon Hillary

President-elect Trump (I misspelled every word as I typed that; I think my fingers are rebelling) was on 60 Minutes tonight. I didn’t watch the interview, but I read an article by a member of the liberal media that summarized it.

In addition to admitting that he won’t deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and that his border wall may be just a fence in some places, (Ronald Mc)Donald Trump suggested that he’d talk to F.B.I. director James Comey to make sure he hadn’t screwed up the investigation of Hillary Clinton.

On Friday, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump wouldn’t rule out prosecuting Clinton.

I’d like to think that this is just Crazy Donny being crazy. Sort of winking at his supporters to reassure them. “I might not be able to build that big wall, and maybe we’re gonna have to let some immigrants stay in the country, but I still hate Hillary, just like you.”

I suspect that now that she’s not running for office, most people will hate Hillary a little less. Hillary for Prison was just a catchy little slogan to shout at political rallies, but now that she won’t actually be president, then perhaps the anti-Hillary contingent won’t smell as much blood in the water.

However, if there’s any support for prosecuting her, no matter how flimsy the evidence, no matter how inappropriate the charges, or whether they are in direct opposition to recommendations made by people who aren’t just political hacks and know the law, then President Trump (I just threw up in my mouth a little) will prosecute.

I have a feeling that Trump will make Tricky Dick and his enemies list seem like amateur hour.

I voted for Hillary, but I suspect many people—Hillary voters or not—are sick to death of hearing about her e-mail servers. If she would have just admitted that she and her people were too busy worrying about other things that they overlooked the sloppy way in which they were handling e-mail, this whole controversy might have died right away.

She was careless. She was dumb. She made bad decisions. None of that is illegal. If she did anything illegal I’m quite certain that the F.B.I. would have recommended that she be prosecuted.

I hope that we’ve heard the last of this, but with Trump’s thin skin, erratic temperament, and newfound power, I worry that we haven’t.

There is, however, one way that we can be sure we’ve heard the end of the Hillary for Prison ridiculousness: President Obama should pardon her.

There’s complete justification for such a pardon. First, any prosecution of Clinton follows a recommendation by the F.B.I.—the F.B.I., America’s crime fighting force!—that she not be prosecuted. Thus, any prosecution of her is tainted, and will be viewed as purely partisan.

Second, presidents have issued similar pardons before. Remember Tricky Dick, who I mentioned above? Just a month after he resigned the office of the presidency, his successor, Gerald Ford, pardoned him.

The actual wording of the pardon is exactly what Obama should do for Clinton. Ford’s pardon of Nixon read, “I...have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”

Replace Richard Nixon with Hillary Clinton, and change the dates to January 21, 2009 through February 1, 2013 and have Obama sign it.

Besides freeing Clinton from worrying about an unjust prosecution carried out by maniacs flaunting their power, the pardon would drive those same maniacs crazy. And that would make my day.

No doubt they’d complain about the pardon, to which Obama—a Constitutional scholar—would delight in reminding them is completely within his presidential powers, as spelled out by Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

“The President… shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

And I’m sure Obama would relish the opportunity to grant such a pardon, both in appreciation of Clinton’s stellar leadership at the State department, and as a final “screw you” to Trump and his supporters, many of whom spent years questioning the legitimacy of his birth certificate and his right to the presidency.

Hillary for Pardon!

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