It was expected that President Donald Trump’s commutation of former adviser Roger Stone’s prison sentence would be met with outrage from Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and other Democrats/media who were deeply invested in the Russia hoax and all alleged scandals of the Trumpian kind.
When it comes to similar such moves by Democrat presidents, however, outrage was in short supply.
President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of serial leaker Chelsea Manning, while President Bill Clinton pardoned fugitive financier Marc Rich.
“Clemency for politically connected individuals knows no party monopoly,” Rowan Scarborough noted in a July 11 report for The Washington Times.
Before leaving the White House, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of a major leaker of secret documents, former Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, in a move critics say was motivated by LGBTQ politics.
Manning had been sentenced to 35 years in prison for what was the largest ever leak of classified data in U.S. history. After being held for seven years, Manning was released in May 2017. Manning later unsuccessfully ran for Senate as a Democrat.
Also in January 2017, Obama commuted the sentence of convicted Puerto Rican terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera.
Lopez-Rivera was considered a top leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, an ultranationalist Puerto Rican group that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings at government buildings, department stores, banks and restaurants in New York, Chicago, Washington and Puerto Rico during the 1970s and early 1980s.
“The same people clutching their pearls and shrieking about Stone’s commutation, I didn’t hear them complaining when Oscar Rivera was pardoned by President Obama. He was even too much of a terrorist for Clinton to pardon,” Harmeet Dhillon, of the Center for American Liberty, told “Fox & Friends.”
The politically tinged clemencies issued by another Democrat president, Bill Clinton, were chronicled by law Professor Albert W. Alschuler in a 2010 article for The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Clinton pardoned his CIA director, John M. Deutch, who had agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified material. But Deutch had not filed a pardon request and the Clinton White House did not consult with prosecutors prior to issuing the pardon.