Dear Mr. Trump,
How dare you pardon and commute the sentences of these criminals?
They must be making millions of dollars of contributions to the dark money funds for your reelection attempt. How much have you soaked them for?
Rod Blagoyevich? He was convicted of 18 felony charges for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat and a whole lot more skullduggery. That’s how you clean the swamp? You are the swamp. Your Republican enablers in the Senate are the swamp.
Michael Milken? Who committed securities fraud and sold worthless bonds? How much did he pay into your campaign funds? He deserves a pardon?
Bernard Kerik? Convicted of tax fraud and lying to the government? You’re pardoning him because you think tax fraud is a virtue and lying to the government is a commendable way of life.
Having a constitutional power to grant pardons and having a moral basis are two entirely different things.
What next: Grant them the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
Very truly yours,
Bruce J. Berger