"For Trump, whether the crime is corruption, lying to law enforcement or even war crimes, justice does not apply to those who have been loyal to him." 🐷
"Trump spent the past four years perfecting his ability to use the presidency to benefit himself and his allies. That includes steering those who seek to curry favor with him, from foreign governments to industry groups to political allies, to spend vast sums of money at the properties from which he still profits; co-opting the powers of the federal government to support his reelection campaign, often illegally; and pursuing countless policy initiatives that benefit his friends, customers and supporters."
"He enthusiastically subverted the justice system to benefit his friends and harm his perceived enemies, pushing Attorney General William Barr to undermine the Mueller report and undercut the prosecution and sentencing of allies like Michael Flynn and Roger Stone while urging ever more investigations of the origins of the Russia investigation and of his political rival, President-elect Joe Biden."
"Trump had already commuted Stone’s sentence and pardoned Flynn, even though both lied to investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election. On Tuesday, Trump pardoned two more people convicted of lying to those investigators. On Wednesday, he added a full pardon for Stone and a pardon for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who had been convicted of financial fraud and obstruction coming out of the Mueller investigation."
"This was an investigation that implicated our national security and indeed the sanctity of our democracy; lying about it is a big deal. But because the investigation also made Trump look bad, he used his power to undo its prosecutions."
The craven corruption of Trump's pardons: Separate justice system for friends and allies
USA Today, December 23, 2020