Executive orders, pardons, ‘midnight’ regulations expected as Obama presidency draws to close

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on November 9, 2016

ObamaLook out for the executive orders, the “midnight” regulations and, perhaps most controversially, the pardons.

As President Obama runs out the clock on his eight-year tenure, analysts say, he still has plenty of business left undone, and they expect him to follow the lead of other presidents and issue a series of rules, to add to his list of executive orders, to continue his record-setting pace of commutations and perhaps add a controversial pardon or two into the mix.

“I do think a pardon for Huma and Weiner might happen,” said Michael McKenna, a Republican lobbyist, referring to Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony D. Weiner, whose emails are being scoured by the FBI for wrongdoing.

Truly lame-duck presidents are freed from political concerns, don’t have to worry about other elections and can even help take political heat off their successor — or try to lock in their own policies that their successor might not fully support.

For Mr. Obama, who already has set records for the most expansive regulatory agenda in U.S. history, his final months offer a chance to pad his lead and plow new ground, particularly on energy and environmental issues.

  • Jose

    How can obama (well he is dumb enough to think so) pardon huma and weiner if they have NOT been convicted of anything. It seem that would be like dismissing someone for running a red light BEFORE the act is done. Now if comey’s cajones are owned by hrc/obama/lynch he might bring up charges but there would have to be hearing to determine if charges can be brought up, indictment, etc. etc. This takes many, many months and would not be able to be concluded between now and January unless the corruption continues.

  • CharlieSeattle

    Sray tuned for dozens of 55 gallon drums in back of the White House, DHA/CIA/NSA/FBI and State Department burning shyt non stop.

  • Worried Vet

    Reading the comments below, I have to ask a dumb question. I thought to grant a pardon in most situations there has to be at least charges brought. I remember though when Ford pardoned Nixon in 74 and know Nixon wasn’t convicted but was going to be charged. The democrats were righting up the charges when president Ford pardoned him. I ask since I have been researching that if no charges are brought against Hillary until Trump is sworn in, can Obama pardon her before he leaves office, to prevent any chance of her going to jail.

  • CCblogging

    The Republican congress should defund and stop President Jihad NOW!

  • Tyronne Shoelaces

    Go ahead you POS make more E.O.and regulations. Trump will just do an E.O. cancelling everything you’ve done. I would make the E.O. read like this: Every E.O., regulation and Executive direction between Jan 20, 2009 and Jan 20, 2017 are now null and void.

  • justinwachin

    Hopefully Donald Trump’s first act as president will be to void the executive orders and regulations of the Obama years. The great thing about one president’s executive actions is that they can be undone by a future president with a few strokes of the pen. Obama and his followers are about to learn a hard lesson on how the Constitution works.

    While pardons can’t be undone, those who receive them will be seen as guilty. I figure Hillary will get a pardon. It doesn’t matter much at this point. Her political career is done.

    • CCblogging

      If she isn’t charged before Trump assumes power, could Obama still pardon her?

      • justinwachin

        President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon. I don’t think Nixon was ever charged for a crime. Ford’s action ended any attempt to prosecute Nixon in regards to any crimes committed by the Watergate break-in.

        I have mixed feelings about this. I would like to see Clinton and others held responsible for their actions. Realistically, President Trump would be better off if this matter ends before the end of the year. He doesn’t need Congress bogged down with this. He should want Congress available to help implement his agenda. Most presidents consider their first 100 days in office to be a magic time when much can be accomplished. That needs to be Congress’ focus.

  • rodstew

    Is obummer’s DOJ going to rush through indictments on the criminals so that obummer can pardon them. How does one pardon someone who has not been tried and found guilty. Besides, IF obummer “pardons” them, that would be proof positive that they were guilty of something. But, liberals are that stupid.

    • David Fowler

      Ford pardoned Nixon and he hadn’t been charged with anything, so I guess it can be done. I believe that Ford was responsible for Jimmy Carter being elected due to this. I know that I voted for Carter because of this which was a big mistake on my part.

    • Harry J Schaubel

      You mean like immunity deals for “Innocents”, right?

  • Rodney Steward

    This mad man has pardoned some truly bad people from prison, and almost a 3rd have already committed crimes! One was Wendell Callahan from GA., that got back on crack and killed his x- girlfriend and her 2 kids just 2 weeks after being released! This is the type shi$ he’s turning loose, and NONE being White!

  • Rick D.

    Naturally, this piece of garbage who calls himself POTUS will do whatever he can to limit the fallout for all the transgressions committed by the Crooked One and her staff. He’ll do anything do undermine justice.

  • Jean Langford M.

    YOUR GOING TO “TRY” AND PARDON THE BITCH KILLERY…BUT IT WILL NOT WORK…TO MANY SPECIFIC FRONTS TO PUT HER ASS IN JAIL…We “WILL” SEE….

    • Harry J Schaubel

      Yes. I don’t think he can give a Pardon for “All crimes & Suspected crimes committed”.

  • Tiger

    From this day forward O’s fingers should be super glued together so he cannot write anything. I don’t doubt he will free everyone in Gitmo, he will empty the treasury to give to Iran, he will most likely bring in millions of Somali, Sudanese, Iraqi, Afghani and Tunisian single men and put them in every little town across this country, like he has been doing so they can achieve their promises of terrorism in divers places, he will pardon another 12,000 plus felons who are drug dealers, sling wide open the doors to our country and do all the evil he can do before he finally, finally gets his ass out of “the People’s House”.

    May a thousand fleas from a thousand camels infest his skivvies.

  • mort_f

    I don’t see how he can pardon the likes of Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Valerie Jarret, and himself. For none of them has been convicted yet …emphasis on YET.

    Expect trials to start on February 1, 2017.

  • joe katona

    GAY OBAMA WILL GO ON A SPENDING SPREE NOW AND PARDON MORE CRIMINALS THEN BLADES OF GRASS…HE SHOULD B GROUNDED AND ALL HIS MONEY TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM AND HIS TRANNY THAT THEY STOLE FROM THIS COUNTRY..GIVE THOSE 2 ADOPTED BRATS BACK TO THE ORPHANAGE WHERE THEY CAME FROM.. THEN HANG GAY OBAMA AND HIS TRANNY https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/856893ecaac0636003270b0695953f7a5ecb234b6ca0208da4183f0189c0c669.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6eb63cbaceba25bba271fbf77b5f96ec57428edc735336cda774277df02085a3.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/77f7a6adb54367a7e714e88ef96419184123d72971b27e2a166af246e9c87009.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73657b169d4e82fc58ac19c4464f31889e8319f661bbfa03f596c5fb78693744.png ALONG WITH BI HILLERY AND DORKY BILL. ALL TRAITORS AND TERRORISTS….

  • Bob

    Best thing about Executive Orders they can be over written by the next Executive. Obama has spent 8 years ruling by executive fiat and many will be thrown out in January. Let’s see how the left will take it if/when Trump signs an Executive Order they disagree with.

    • Jean Langford M.

      JUST REVOKED WITH ONE EXECUTIVE ORDER…JUST ONE…OVER A THOUSAND OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDERS WILL VANISH LIKE A FART IN THE WIND…ADIOS TYRANT TRAITOR..YOUR FINISHED….OH..YOU WILL TRY TO DAMAGE US MORE BEFORE YOU LEAVE OFFICE…BETTER FLEE TO THAT MILLION AND A HALF HOME YOU JUST BOUGHT IN QUATAR…YEAH…WE KNOW ABOUT THAT ASS HOLE…GET OUT..GO TO YOUR BUTCHER MUSLIM BUDDIES….WE LAUGH LAST AND BEST…YOU DID ACHIEVE ONE GOOD THING..YEAH THAT’S RIGHT ONE…YOU WOKE AMERICA UP TO THE DANGERS OF BEING “DESTROYED FROM WITHIN.” YOUR LEGACY IS SHIT…YOU MISSED YOUR CHANCE TO DESTROY US…NOW COMES THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL…BETTER NOT BE CAUGHT BETWEEN THEM…RUUUUUN…..RUUUUUUUN…….RUUUUUUN TRAITOR……

  • FLChristyB

    He can sign all the executive orders he wants, Trump will just rescind them. Any ‘treaties’ he signs with the U.N. will be nullified by Trump since they never went through Congress. And he will be able to install CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES on our Supreme Court – Thank GOD!!! We have at least 3 liberals on the court that are about ready to croak, seeing Ginsburg leave should be cause for celebration! I cannot wait to see his list of Cabinet appointments! Our Country has a chance to get back to Constitutional, moral values again. God Bless America!!!

  • This is a nightmare to Obama because he wanted Clinton in there to protect the mess that he has created and now it will be found out. The EPA, Dept. of Energy, DOJ, IRS, Dept. of Homeland Security all full of criminal activity, abuse, incompetence and some of the agencies like EPA and Dept. of Energy having slush funds, that should be against the law. Obama’s numbers being manipulated through his 8 years in office will now come out and the cost for his AF1 being used weekly to take him out of Washington will now come to light. Obama’s administration the worst in our history and now we will know the truth. His lies about Obama care the worst job killer ever put into law and the costs were lies to the citizens of this country. His lies about Benghazi, his putting coal out of the equation of energy which is the cheapest for electricity. His pushing green companies loosing billions of tax payer dollars and making his money men rich even when the companies went bankrupt.

    • Harry J Schaubel

      Over $110million Taxpayer money spent on vacations. And AF1 costs $60000/hour to operate.

  • Hammer the Bar’stewards

    Once Trump is in office he should investigate and prove what most of us really know in that Obama was not born in the USA once he has done that he should be able to Annul ALL of the rules, laws, pardons etc that Obama has pushed through in what will have been an Illegal Presidency. Obama can then be arrested and charged with fraud and any other offence he has committed by his illegal acts! Then when Obama has completed his prison sentence he should be deported back to his homeland, Kenya!
    Trump should also pardon Gen. Petraeus as soon as possible.

    • rl27

      It is believed by some, that O was born in Kansas. His father was a black man his mom had a fling with. His birth father gave him his standing as a natural born citizen. We believe his mom was probably 14 or 15 years old at the time. Not reaching the age of majority, she could not pass citizenship to anyone. He has never looked like Obama Sr. at any age!
      We know he was adopted by his step dad, because, his name was changed to Barry Soetoro so he could attend school. There does not appear to be any record of him ever changing his citizenship to USA. No paper work has been found to prove he had dual citizenship.

    • Harry J Schaubel

      Qatar has no Extradition Treaty w/USA.

  • itsfun

    Can Obama pardon them if they haven’t been charged with anything?????

    • Hammer the Bar’stewards

      No, they would have to be convicted of a crime to be pardoned!

      • itsfun

        Thank you, that is my thinking also. I wonder how Obama will try to get around that. He hasn’t worried about the law or constitution for 8 years.

      • David Fowler

        Ford pardoned Nixon and he hadn’t been charged with anything, so there is precedent. I agree that it shouldn’t be possible, but it has been done before and also by a Republican.

  • Patriot47

    skippy will now go totally nutz with royal edicts.

  • Gary S

    Blanket Amnesty for ALL Illegal Immigrants is on it’s way. A Pardon for the Clinton Family.
    (Hillary would have pardoned Humming Huma any way.)

  • ArcticGrayling

    It’s illegal to physically threaten a president, so I will not do that. However, I do wish him a nasty demise from natural causes. He’s a queer, so I reckon there’s a good chance that both he and transsexual Michelle have AIDS.

    • Irene Elizabeth Grooms

      They’ll face our LORD one of these days and he’ll give them there judgement.

      • Shirley I

        Is it legal for him to write anymore executive orders, now the election is over?

        • Harry J Schaubel

          He’s Still the Pres thru Jan 19 ’17. :[

    • Hammer the Bar’stewards

      He certainly has Elephantiasis, his ears prove that!

  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon

    Why pardoning the Saudi secret agent Huma Abedin? Why pardoning her pedophile husband, Weisner?

    • Harry J Schaubel

      She can’t report anything in prison! And Weiner has so much crap on all of them he might offer the pardon to keep him out of jail and hopefully quiet. At least till he can get run over by a bus or brutally murdered in a robbery that takes nothing!

  • RuFus92

    He will undoubtedly try to save as many or the deserting rats from the sinking ship of his administration as possible , that is if it suits his self image and his inflated ego of the great job he thinks he is doing and has done. What a dismal failure and squandering of a golden opportunity to actually make astonishing history and forever leave his name in the history books. Now it will only go into the the records just one notch above J Carter in the standings of failures. It may even become the footnote of the one and only black president of the US so great is his screw up.

    • Shirley I

      Isn’t it sad! 8 years of nought for him! However, he ruined the country and set race relations back a 100 years. I hope he’s proud!

      • Irene Elizabeth Grooms

        Yes i never saw so much hate until Obama took office.

        • Tor293

          Irene n Shirley, it was all part of his plan from day one.
          I seldom read any books but I have read “The Amatuer” all about him and his hatred for America and how he “planned to disarm America to the likeness of our brethren in the Mid East a peace loving nation”. I don’t know about you but I have no brothers in the Mid East. Odumbo, Sharpton, Jackson and Holder destroyed everything Martin L.King gave his life for.
          Good riddance Odumbo, too bad we can’t throw you out of the White House NOW!!

          GOD HAS BLESSED AMERICA ONCE AGAIN!!!

          • Worried Vet

            I understand how you feel. I have mixed grandkids and went through the race riots in the south and seen first hand the hate. I have never believed in racism of any kind so the way Obama has caused so much hate and division is disgusting. He had a chance to really make a huge change in this country and blew it. As the first black POTUS he should be ashamed of what he has caused, and I believe for many reasons but one is to think his legacy is more important than MLK. If he had built on the civil rights movement he could have had a great legacy. I was a teen was MLK was killed and remember the news and how sad it was. I also remember the riots caused by it. I do remember the good though that Bobby Kennedy did, when he spoke to a mostly black crowd and kept the peace. The way Obama has wasted such an historic thing should shame most people no matter what race or party you are.

          • Tor293

            Worried, let’s hope Our Country makes a 360 degree turn for the better in the next four or hopefully eight years. Nice chatting with you!

          • Worried Vet

            I believe it will. I seen many things improve until 2009 then it started down hill. Things started before then since we let the morals go out the window. Nice chatting with you also.

      • Hammer the Bar’stewards

        Correct Shirley and notice how the Demonrats are trying to blame Trump for the race relations problems that we now have.
        Donald was not even on the scene when all of these troubles started, all the blame lies at Obama’s door!

        • Worried Vet

          They should also blame Sharpton and Jackson. They are two of the most racist men in this country. They use racial divides to get rich period.

    • Harry J Schaubel

      I think you do Jimmy a disservice in that assessment

  • V Jim Robinett

    this idiot needs to be stopped in his agenda to destroy this country. President Trump will clean the swamp in DC and get this Country back to it’s world standing as the greatest Country to ever exist.

    • Janet Hall

      I agree. There should be a mandate that prevents lame duck from making any decisions… especially if irreversible!

      • Tiger

        There should be a law that puts the Lame Duck in the pond with cement shoes to stop him from going anywhere else on our dime.

        • Rodney Steward

          And Michelle won’t have to spend hours trying to look like a woman anymore, and I would gladly mix up the cement!!

          • Tiger

            LMAO yes she can shed the dresses and let the male parts breath. Uggghhhh yeccchhhhh

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          • Tyronne Shoelaces

            You know every time I look at that guy in a dress I think to myself…. where the fuck did they steal those kids from. Probably bought them from a Kenyan couple they later killed to keep quite.

          • Rodney Steward

            I’ve always thought it was a made up family, and no telling who the kids belong to!

          • ONLYJB1

            Actually? Morocco. I believe DNA should be tested. The American Citizens deserve once and for all to know the whole TRUTH about this family that is living in our house!

      • CharlieSeattle

        A president can NOT make law.

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