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August 23, 2018

President Trump sat down with Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt on Wednesday, and on Wednesday night, she commended Trump's courage to fellow Fox News personality Sean Hannity. "There was breaking news yesterday, and so much negative news — hats off to him for sitting down with me today," she said. "I think that was very brave." She told Hannity that she would make news on Thursday's Fox & Friends, but she did disclose some new details of her interview, specifically that Trump is angry at his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, but not at his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, both of whom became felons on Tuesday. (That part isn't news if you read Trump's Twitter feed.)

"Is he more mad at Michael because of the tape?" Hannity asked. "Absolutely," said Earhardt. "He mentioned pardoning Manafort." "He did mention pardoning Manafort?" Hannity asked. "He did, he did, and said he would consider that," Earhardt said. "He feels, I think, he feels so — I think he feels bad for Manafort."

Earhardt and Hannity both got some significant facts wrong, but Earhardt did tease what she called big news about what Trump said regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. She also said Trump agreed that Democrats would likely impeach him if they win the House and complained about Hillary Clinton. Peter Weber

June 16, 2018

President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, visited CNN Friday night to talk about — what else? — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Host Chris Cuomo honed in on Giuliani's suggestion earlier in the day that "when the whole thing is over," former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort (presently jailed for alleged witness tampering) may get a presidential pardon.

Giuliani maintained his personal advice to Trump is "no pardons," and that he was merely reflecting on the historical record when he spoke about Manafort. He also argued Trump's recent consideration of pardons for high-profile figures like Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich is not intended to send a message to associates under Mueller's scrutiny.

"Let me make it clear right now, anybody listening," Giuiani said, "[Trump] is not going to pardon anybody in this investigation, but he is not obviously going to give up his right to pardon if a miscarriage of justice is presented to him after the investigation." When Cuomo pushed back, suggesting Trump should recuse himself from pardoning people in connection to this specific probe, Giuliani refused to back down. If Trump did that, he said, "he might as well give up being president!"

Watch the full interview; the pardon discussion begins around the 10-minute mark. Bonnie Kristian

June 5, 2018

Presidential pardons are all the rage these days, and George Papadopoulos is hopping on the bandwagon.

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, the wife of the disgraced former adviser to President Trump, was asked on Monday's Tucker Carlson Tonight if she thinks her husband is going to prison. She was quick to reaffirm how "dedicated and committed" her husband was to the Trump campaign, and said that his loyalty should have earned him a pardon from the president.

Papadopoulos was charged in October with making false statements about his Russia connections, likely to impede the Russia investigation. It was later reported that he may have lied to protect Trump and allegedly sparked this whole mess after a few too many drinks.

And don't we all just want forgiveness after one of those nights? Kathryn Krawczyk

December 5, 2014

Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg is asking the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to remove the assault conviction against him from his record.

The news was first reported Thursday by NECN. "Receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that I am not the same person I was on the night of April 8, 1988," he wrote in his application. "It would be a formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works."

That night in 1988, police say 16-year-old Wahlberg tried to steal two cases of beer from a Vietnamese man named Thanh Lim, beating him with a five-foot stick while yelling slurs. Wahlberg was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a controlled substance, and served 45 days of his 90 day sentence, The Boston Globe reports.

In his application, Wahlberg writes that he supports the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club; started his own charity, the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation; and attends church almost every day. He also mentions that a pardon would help as his family's chain of restaurants, Wahlburgers, expands. "I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around and how people can be redeemed," he wrote. Catherine Garcia

November 12, 2014

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) has said he will pardon his son, Kyle, for a 2003 felony crime.

Kyle Beebe was charged in 2003 with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver. He received three years supervised probation and fines for this class C felony. At the time, Mike Beebe was the state attorney general, and said, "If he broke the law, he needs to pay for it. He needs to be treated like everybody else - no better, worse."

Mike Beebe has pardoned more than 700 people, he told KATV, with most non-violent offenders. He said he would have pardoned Kyle sooner had he asked, "but he took his sweet time about asking. He was embarrassed. He's still embarrassed."

Kyle Beebe is now 34 years old, and wrote in his petition that he was "living in a fantasy world" and tried to fill the emptiness he felt by selling drugs. "I am asking for a second chance to be a better son to my parents and prove to them that I am the person they raised me to be," he said. A spokesman for the Arkansas Parole Board Board told KATV that Kyle Beebe did not receive any special treatment, and his application is under consideration. Catherine Garcia

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