Donald J. Trump said many crazy things while campaigning successfully for the presidency of the United States.
Take, for instance, his statement to Hillary Rodham Clinton that “You’d be in jail” if he were president.
His crowds chanted the “Lock her up!” mantra continually at his rallies. Trump didn’t silence the madness from his followers.
The FBI director, James Comey, concluded in July that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring criminal charges against Clinton over her use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state. Then he told Congress 11 days before the election that he found more e-mails that deserved his agency’s attention; eight days after that he said, “Nope. Nothing has changed.”
Trump continued to hammer “crooked Hillary” with accusations that she broke the law.
So, here’s a nutty idea. Would the new president issue a blanket pardon, clearing his opponent of any potential future prosecution?
Trump isn’t saying. Neither is his transition staff.
Hey, this notion has precedent. President Ford granted a pardon for his immediate predecessor, former President Nixon, a month after Nixon quit the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974, over the Watergate scandal. No criminal charges had been brought against Nixon, yet Ford sought to prevent a further political fracturing that would occur had any prosecution had been allowed to proceed.
It turned out that the pardon opened up a whole new set of fissures.
But, the nation moved on.
Might there be such an action in our nation’s immediate future?
I wouldn’t oppose such an action. How about you?