The Trump administration is preparing dozens more clemency cases for President Trump’s review, according to White House sources, the latest sign of Trump’s heightened interest in using his presidential powers to offer relief to convicts.
It is not clear how many cases the president is personally considering for either a presidential pardon or commuting a sentence, but sources say the number is roughly half a dozen.
Trump’s latest exercise of the power came earlier Wednesday when he commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who has served more than two decades in prison on first-time drug and money laundering offenses.
Johnson’s case had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who met with Trump last week to ask for clemency on Johnson’s behalf.
White House officials say Trump is considering cases involving people he believes have been treated poorly by the criminal justice system.
“This president is now looking at many cases,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. “And if he could bring relief to, to folks who he feels have been ‘treated unfairly,’ a term the president uses frequently to describe many different situations, then he will take action.”
Trump has most frequently used his clemency powers on political allies. Last week, he pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted for making illegal campaign contributions. Trump has also pardoned I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.