“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” — Presidential Oath of Office

“The constitutional power of a president to pardon is unique and sacred, meant to give the chief executive the ability to correct injustices.” – Hamilton Jordan, chief of staff to former President Jimmy Carter

“There are a lot of people that think that he is not being treated fairly. I’m going to start looking at it.” — President Donald Trump on the possibility of pardoning treasonous Edward Snowden

Anyone, who has followed Donald Trump for even a nanosecond or two, should not expect him to depart the White House meekly or mildly. There must be drama.

Consider the uproar, mainly from the left this week, following the pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Now weigh the potential revulsion from the moderate-right and others, if Trump follows through with an undeserved pardon of traitor Snowden. Russia granted him permanent residency in the Rodina last month. Sounds like a perfect solution to Almost Daily Brett.

Snowden stated that he doesn’t want a parade, but a fair trial in the U.S. Your author must ask how could a “fair trial” for Snowden turn into anything but a media circus with the witness stand becoming a platform for pontification and bloviation?

Didn’t O.J. Simpson get away with murder?

A messy Snowden trial most likely would not be about guilt or innocence, but whether the government can convict or not. The People of the State of California v Orenthal James Simpson (1994-1995) should serve as a reasonable precedent with partisan media (e.g., CNN) undoubtedly siding with “whistle blower” Snowden.

When Snowden willfully and in a premeditated fashion stole government property, leaked national defense information, and transmitted classified intelligence, it all added up to at least two counts for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917.

Permanent residence in Russia, his home for seven years and counting, is too good for him. He deserves lifelong prison with bars instead of birch trees, and certainly not the ultimate Get-Out-Of-Jail card in the form of a presidential pardon.

The late Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer once equated capital punishment with presidential pardons, reasoning that both are final and complete. They cannot be undone.

Brain-Dead” Pardon

“I think either the president (Bill Clinton) had an incredible lapse in memory or was brain-dead when he did that one (Marc Rich pardon).” – President-elect Joseph Biden, February 11, 2001

“He was a traitor and the information he provided our adversaries greatly hurt the safety of the American people. He was peddling it around like a commercial merchant. We can’t tolerate that.” — Attorney General William Barr, announcing he is “vehemently opposed” to pardoning Edward Snowden

Does Donald Trump care about his presidential legacy?

One of the last acts in office by former President Bill Clinton was the unjustified 2001 pardon of Marc Rich. The fugitive was wanted for 50 counts of wire fraud, racketeering, massive income tax evasion and trading oil with Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran, Khadafy’s Libya, Milosevic’s Yugoslavia, Kim Il Sung’s North Korea and Apartheid South Africa.

Rich even renounced his citizenship in the United State of America, and yet he was pardoned. How can you exonerate someone who isn’t a citizen anymore? Alas, your author is not a constitutional attorney.

Whether Americans want to give him credit or not for comprehensive tax reform, transforming the United States Supreme Court and achieving America’s energy independence, Donald Trump has some major positives on the asset side of his presidential balance sheet.

Why add the pardon of Edward Snowden among his liabilities, when Snowden has already secured lifelong residency in Vladimir Putin’s Russia? U.K. traitor Kim Philby spent his last days in the USSR, why can’t Snowden do the same?

“I’m not asking for a parade. I’m not asking for a pardon. I’m not asking for a pass. What I’m asking for is a fair trial. And this is the bottom-line that any American should require.” – Edward Snowden on Coming Home to America

If Snowden isn’t asking for a pardon Mr. President, why give it to him?