Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence (And 200 Plus More)

President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning. Manning will only have to serve four more months --She will be freed May 17.

Manning was one of 273 people granted clemency or pardons today, according to the White House.

His totals: 1,385 grants of clemency and 212 pardons.

With today’s 209 grants of commutation, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 individuals – the most grants of commutation issued by any President in this nation’s history. President Obama’s 1,385 commutation grants – which includes 504 life sentences – is also more than the total number of commutations issued by the past 12 presidents combined. And with today’s 64 pardons, the President has now granted a total of 212 pardons.

That's what you call change. Thank you, President Obama. [More...]

Update: More clemency/pardons are expected this week.

Among the pardons today: Ian Schrager, co-owner of the 1980's nightclub Studio 54, who was sentenced in 1980 to 20 months for tax evasion.

What will Obama do about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich? It's not looking good for him as Obama said the remaining clemency grants won't include famous people or non-drug offenders. Maybe Obama figures Blago, as a former Celebrity Apprentice candidate, is friends with Trump, so he'll let Trump give him clemency.

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    didn't Julian Assange promise to surrender if (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Molly Bloom on Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 08:12:02 PM EST
    President Obama pardoned Chelsea Manning.

    Ball is in your court Julian.

    Assange could weasel (none / 0) (#3)
    by leap on Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 08:37:26 PM EST
    out of his part of the deal by noting that Manning was not "pardoned," but her sentence "commuted." You see.

    Assange said (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 08:59:09 PM EST
    granted Manning clemency which he did. So now Assange is going to have to either buck up and hand himself in or look like the weasel he really is.

    Ah, (none / 0) (#6)
    by leap on Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 09:02:53 PM EST
    we'll see what kind of weasel he is, then. This should be fun.

    Another good candidate would be (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Peter G on Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 08:49:45 PM EST
    former Ala. Gov. Don Siegelman, targeted by our friend Sessions' R.-Ala. cronies on politicized charges (in my opinion) and given an excessive sentence (definitely in my opinion). Due for release in about six months anyway, though.

    It certainly embodies going high (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 07:38:49 PM EST
    When your enemy goes low and is gnawing on your ankles...and paying that BS no mind, only attentive to the business at hand.

    Yeah uh....about Obama having no legacy...uh no!