Why Presidential Pardons Are Normal, Trump’s Less So: QuickTake

The U.S. president has vast constitutional power to grant clemency in the form of pardons to people facing possible prison terms or commutations to people already in, or sentenced to, jail. George Washington pardoned farmers convicted of treason after the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion; Barack Obama commuted the sentences of hundreds of non-violent drug offenders. What’s unusual about clemency under President Donald Trump is how he’s gone about evaluating how to exercise it.