Thursday, July 30, 2020 | 2 a.m.
The July 14 New York Times story, “Presidential pardons and commutations, from Whiskey Rebellion to Roger Stone,” omitted one overarching fact: the number of commutations issued by each president.
President Donald Trump, for example, is getting flak for commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, a man who was arrested after midnight in his home by 29 FBI agents. This was only one of 25 commutations made by Trump.
Former President Bill Clinton commuted over 300 sentences, and former President Barack Obama commuted over 200. While the issuing of pardons is not a contest, it does give the people a chance to see who is playing politics with our judicial system.