Leaked White House memos detail president’s pardon policy

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
May 10 2015

Collateral Consequences Resource Center


Leaked White House memos detail president’s pardon policy (“USA Today has published a White House document detailing President Obama’s policy on granting clemency, including both sentence commutation and post-sentence pardons. In a memorandum dated July 13, 2010 to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, White House Counsel Robert Bauer ‘convey[ed] the President’s views’ on the exercise of his constitutional pardon power, affirming traditional standards but emphasizing that there are ‘certain offenses for which a pardon should very rarely, if ever, be granted absent truly exceptional circumstances.’ Among these were ‘large-scale drug trafficking’ in which the applicant had ‘a significant role,’ and financial fraud cases involving ‘substantial loss to the federal government or its programs.'”)