Trump Hijacks Pardon Process; Creates System For Personal Favors, Special Access | Rachel Maddow

Trump Hijacks Pardon Process; Creates System For Personal Favors, Special Access | Rachel Maddow 1


Michael Schmidt, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Donald Trump has circumvented the Justice Department process for approving pardon applications, and the high percentage of Trump pardons that are tied to one of his allies or relate to something that politically benefits him personally. Aired on 12/23/2020.
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Trump Hijacks Pardon Process; Creates System For Personal Favors, Special Access | Rachel Maddow

91 Comments on "Trump Hijacks Pardon Process; Creates System For Personal Favors, Special Access | Rachel Maddow"

  1. Out of all trump’s pardons only the turkeys deserved them.

  2. If something/anything can be abused, trump will abuse it.

  3. Conald J Swamp pardoned his swamps so they would benefit him. Transactional, that’s all.

  4. The only difference between Trump and a mob boss? A mob boss could run a casino.

  5. Why are presidents allowed to pardon? That’s insane.

  6. Barr is gone = pardon frenzy with no rule of law.

  7. That is how a first world COUNTRY beccomes a banana republic

  8. Michael Moloney | December 23, 2020 at 2:17 AM | Reply

    We all know trump will be selling the pardons to the highest bidder lock him up

  9. Is anyone really surprised Trump is trying to force himself on America, after she said no?

    • @Tim Smith big whoop dumb child

    • Jillian Copeland | December 23, 2020 at 4:34 PM | Reply

      @William Springer is that why all your “news” networks like Fox, Newsmax, Oann etc.. are having to set the records straight on their false reports.

    • William Springer | December 23, 2020 at 4:46 PM | Reply

      @Jillian Copeland I didn’t realize that I owned any networks.

    • What a disgusting person you are Maddcow. Go home to you’re disgusting morbidly obese Girlfriend. Trump Won and going nowhere 🤪

    • William Springer | December 23, 2020 at 5:46 PM | Reply

      @cyberspectre No it is impossible in the current reality, you aren’t even aware of the current ongoing court cases, or the current public documents are you?

      How do you feel about the hearing in Georgia today?

  10. Hector Plascencia | December 23, 2020 at 2:18 AM | Reply

    If Hitler were alive, living in USA, then Trump would pardon Adolf Hitler.

    • Actually, orange has used many of the same techniques Hitler used to rise to power, such as convincing people that he is the only source of legitimate information, holding large emotionally charged rallies, calling for a restoration of national “glory,” demonizing a racial minority and blaming all the nation’s problems on them. Startling similarities.

    • @D O the similarities are indeed striking. Hitler had his Jews, trump had his democrats to demonize and divide the populace while preaching nationalism. Trump has been living out an egomaniacal dream he’s had for many years: to emulate Hitler and become a dictator just like him. I remember a long time ago watching an interview with Ivana trump (the mother of the older children) and she said Donald was fascinated by Hitler. Had a copy of mein kampf at his bedside for nighttime reading. Also that he had purchased original letters that Hitler had written, then trump later denied he had possession of them. This goes way way back! I hope it ends with trump being incarcerated in a mental institution or a prison. He’s a danger to society

    • @D O WELL SAID 👍👍🇪🇺👍

    • @Donna C It’s from a article in Vanity Fair 1990. Ivanka said he kept it by his bedside table, his nightly reading book. I can’t imagine Chump reading, but probably just a page a night! He’s attention span isn’t very long, we all know that, but he liked and admired Hitler! Really who in their right mind admirers Hitler!!! The article is very good, it really tells us what a POS he was then and still is now.

    • HoneySiegalSurvivor | December 23, 2020 at 3:31 PM | Reply

      @Paul M German media 911 tells real story; Trump a hired puppet AND the puppeteer cannot stop

  11. As a corrupt grifter was any money involved in the pardon granted to the Blackwater contactor murders

  12. These pardons are immoral and a joke. The US should not allow this at all. There must be a new system of checks and balances

  13. Trump’s legacy will be that of the most corrupt president in US history

    • @Robert Hunt Most people in this country won’t read anything longer than a Twitter post because thinking hurts their iddy biddy brains.

    • Tech ti That amount touted by lardvarse is what the Dems originally requested. They’ve now called his bluff and the Republicans are scrambling/not happy and will have to accept it. So a win win for Dems and the American people.

    • @Odin Griffen It all depends on WHO is in the Senate at the time, not the President sitting. Learn how politics work, you will be surprised.

    • @Tech ti Publicity stunt, nothing more. Where has he been the last few weeks? That’s right, he has been pouting and Tweeting ” I WON, I WON , They Cheated, they Stole the Election” while being hold up in the White House and IGNORING all of us and OUR needs that HE should be concerned about as a POTUS. But no, he is a POS instead and self centered. He spent his ENTIRE presidency making sure he made a name and money from all of us, and still does not understand what his job really was.
      Go pray to a REAL God and drop this orange one you love so much!

    • @Kris Wingert you prove my point further. GoP had senate majority when reagan was president. I know, quite well, how politics work.

  14. Donald Saddam Trump is setting fire to the oil wells before he’s forced out.

    • Antonio Ferreira | December 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM | Reply

      ITS ALL BS, why msnbc never talk about 600$ check…

      Everyone is excited to talk about the PARDONS, but nobody talks about the crime of the congress of giving 600$ crumbs. The alternative media only talks about the check and the bill, and the mainstrea media only talks about pardons.

      Someone giving crumbs to those who need to survive and mainstream media are talking about the pardons.

  15. Herman Johnell | December 23, 2020 at 3:41 AM | Reply

    The founding fathers didn´t antecipate a don beeing president.

    • If I give Trump credit for 1 thing it’s that he is exposing the flaws in our system!

      We would be idiots not to learn from these 4 years and reform the system to ensure nothing like Trump ever happens again!

    • The founding fathers had legalized dueling as a firewall for people like Trump.

  16. Mark Henstridge | December 23, 2020 at 4:04 AM | Reply

    He will sell all the secrets he has been informed about as President regarding security(if has not already done so)

    • You guys should be thankful for Trump. He wants to deny Nancy’s and Mitches redicilous Bill. To give Americans more stimulus. NOT OTHER COUNTRIES

    • @Tech ti Oh, you deluded soul. First, the foreign aid is not part of the relief bill. It is part of an omnibus spending bill it is attached to. Second, if he really cared at all, he would have spoken up much sooner. He knows that bill is not going to be rewritten in two days. All he’s done is make himself “look good” while beginning to get revenge on GOPs he views as “disloyal.” He has presented an excuse he will use to veto the bill so that no one gets anything at all, and you brainwashed cult members will lap it up and call the man who is denying everyone aid a hero. He knows how stupid you are, and he’s been playing off your stupidity since he tried to convince you a U.S. president can force Mexico to pay for a wall.

    • Or if he can remember any…

    • @D O so anything he does good. It’s to make himself look good? Lmfao. And who established this? Thats a opinion. A opinion that was pushed dramatically in a propaganda network. 75 million plus Amerciana disagree. I say plus, cause this doesn’t include the thousands of mail, and absentee ballets thrown in the trash that voted for Trump.

    • огромная эрекция | December 23, 2020 at 6:31 PM | Reply

      To late Obama already sold them.

  17. What an immoral president! Shamed on people who supported the wrong guy like Trump.

  18. …and this my fellow Americans, is whats known as being ” pimped out!”

  19. If you notice, he does something so outrageous after Biden gives a speech. He has done it twice. January 20, can’t come fast enough.

  20. “That’s shocking!!” said NO ONE with any sense of decency…

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