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Trump seems to pardon people for this very selfish reason: WaPo reporter

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A new analysis conducted by the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake has found that President Donald Trump has been very fond of pardoning convicted felons who also happen to double as ardent supporters of his presidency.

According to Blake’s analysis, Trump has now pardoned ten different individuals during his presidency — and eight of those pardons have “carried some political benefit for him.”

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The two most recent pardons were Conrad Black, a Trump-loving billionaire who was convicted on fraud charges back in 2007, and Patrick J. Nolan, a California Republican who pleaded guilty to racketeering in the 1990s and who has since grown close to the Trump family.

Other past pardons of Trump supporters include Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance violations; former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was ruled to be in criminal contempt for a “willful” violation of an order to stop racial profiling within his department; and Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former Bush administration official who was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to federal investigators.

“The point isn’t that presidents don’t pardon their allies; they do,” Blake comments. “But they often do it sparingly, late in their terms, and they mix it in with other pardons that don’t so clearly and obviously benefit themselves. Trump seems to have very little regard for the perception this creates.”

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Trump pardoned Edward Gallagher for war crimes — but the Navy is still ousting him from the SEALs: report

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The acceptability of committing war crimes while in uniform is putting the U.S. Navy on a collision course with President Donald Trump's White House.

"The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case has been ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning, and is expected to be notified that the Navy intends to oust him from the elite commando force," The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing "two Navy officials."

"The move could put the SEAL commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, in direct conflict with President Trump, who last week cleared the sailor, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, of any judicial punishment in the war crimes case. Military leaders opposed that action as well as Mr. Trump’s pardons of two soldiers involved in other murder cases," the newspaper reported.

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Sorry Devin Nunes: Impeachment TV ratings aren’t down — they’re up and ‘the best all year’

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee misinformed viewers of the impeachment hearing with a falsehood while going out of his way to insult witnesses.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) attempted to downplay testimony from Ambassador Kurt Volker and former NSC official Tim Morrison.

"Well, Ambassador and Mr. Morrison, I have some bad news for you, TV ratings are way down," Nunes claimed.

"Way down," he repeated.

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Federal prosecutors will interview Ukraine gas company executive for probe into Rudy Giuliani

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The Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon that federal prosecutors are going to interview an executive working with a Ukraine state-owned gas company as part of their investigation into Rudy Giuliani.

While Giuliani was working to stir up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, he was also working on scoring cash from a lucrative deal with the gas company Naftogaz.

The AP said that a lawyer for Andrew Favorov has revealed that his client is slated to meet with the U.S. Justice Department.

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