Rep. Ted Lieu: Trump’s Pardons ‘Shouldn’t Be Based on Which Celebrities Have Access To the President’
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) has never been one to keep his opinions to himself, and so he told Wolf Blitzer that the commutation of Alice Marie Johnson‘s sentence due to the influence of Kim Kardashian was probably not ideal.
“Unfortunately, the president has perverted the pardon process and now it seems like he’s pardoning people based on their celebrity status or because a celebrity talked to him,” Lieu said. “In this case, it’s pretty clear that the only reason Trump pardoned Ms. Johnson is because Kim Kardashian talked to Donald Trump about this case.”
“That shouldn’t be how it works,” he continued. “It shouldn’t be based on which celebrities have access to the president, or the wealthy, or who has connections. It should be based on a process, and I urge the president to go back to the same process all previous presidents have used.”
Lieu also expressed concern about the dozens of other pardons the president has begun to do paperwork on that may overstep said process.
“We know from many of the pardons he’s already given, they are based on crimes over which he and his associates are being investigated such as perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements,” he said. “That troubles me greatly, and I hope the president doesn’t send a message that he thinks these crimes are somehow okay.”
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