How US Presidents Rank For Clemency
Fri, 11/27/2020 – 23:30
President Trump has granted a pardon to his former national security advisor Michael Flynn in a rare act of clemency. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian officials and he was fired after just 23 days on the job.
However, despite the media uproar over Trump’s actions with Flynn, Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that throughout his time in the White House, Trump has used pardons, commutations and other forms of leniency less frequently than other presidents, particularly his direct predecessor.
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