So-called "junk bond king" Michael Milken, disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik were among the white collar criminals who benefited from President Donald Trump's clemency yesterday. Acting on what he claimed was advice from friends and associates, Trump either pardoned or commuted the sentences of 11 people — most of them wealthy White men convicted of corruption, lying or fraud over the past few decades.
Why does it matter? While previous presidents have also pardoned their friends and allies, observers say Trump has sidestepped the traditional Justice Department process.