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By Stan Greene
Observer Staff Writer 

After Clinton Is Elected, Barack Obama Will Pardon Her, Huma Abedin, and Everyone Else

A blanket pardon after Nov. 8th but before Hillary Clinton's Inauguration January 21, 2017


November 5, 2016

Clinton and her press secretary Brian Fallon. A pardon will extend to the former Secretary of State, and everyone who worked for her.

You've all seen the polls, and the election of Hillary Clinton is nearly a sure thing. Barack Obama leaves office as one of the most popular outgoing presidents in recent US history.

Mrs. Clinton will take office as the most ethically challenged president elect ever--notwithstanding the fact that she has already hired a barge to sit in New York Harbor and launch fireworks on Inauguration Day.

Sometime in late November or early December, we predict that he will issue a blanket pardon of everyone involved in the Hillary Clinton e mail and pay-for-play Clinton foundation scandals.

Yes, the president has the power to issue pardons before an offender has been charged with a crime. That precedent was established when the Supreme Court ruled in 1866 that a presidential pardon "extends to every offence known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment."

in 1974, after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency over the Watergate scandal. President Gerald Ford's first act in the White House, was to pardon the disgraced former president. "The long national nightmare is over," said Ford famously in a speech, explaining his action to the nation. Newt Gingrich said 43 Watergate co-conspirators did time, but Nixon retired to the Western Whitehouse.

There is another time in recent US history when a blanket pardon was considered and discussed. In 2009, George W. Bush 43 was leaving office, and various CIA and other officers were accused of waterboarding terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

The 1866 US Supreme Court case referred is entitled Ex parte Garland. 8 years ago, Democrat-leaning websites and blogs at the end of the Bush 43 presidency, when the liberal establishment convinced itself that only by pardoning intelligence officials involved in extraordinary renditions and the enhanced interrogation of terrorists could they escape jail sentences, recalls The Hill website.

But President George W. Bush didn’t need to pardon torturers, "because U.S. intelligence officials had not committed torture. Rather, they had acted within a set of strict constitutional guidelines set out by then Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo (derisively referred to by Wikipedia as the “Torture Memos”)."

James Comey announces that the Clinton e mail and pay to play foundation investigations, ain't over till they're over.

But while a presidential pardon might avoid the sorry spectacle of a national security investigation by the FBI of an incoming president for her reckless mishandling of classified information while secretary of State, it would in no way deter Republicans in Congress from conducting their own investigations of Mrs. Clinton, up to and including impeachment proceedings, notes the Hill.

Clinton and her press secretary Brian Fallon. A pardon will extend to the former Secretary of State, and everyone who worked for her. The laptops of Clinton aides Cherryl Mills and Heather Samuelson have not been destroyed, and agents are currently combing through them. The investigation has interviewed several people twice, and plans to interview some for a third time.

In the end, it will all be for nothing, the work of FBI investigators. President Obama will have the final word. It will be an issue on Fox News for 3 days, then everyone will forget about it. Donna Brazile will re-emerge on CNN again, to explain it's for the good of the Country. Chris Matthews on MSNBC will reluctantly agree. As Yogi Berra said, it ain't over till it's over. Stay tuned folks.


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