Par­dons pre­dicted for Abe­din, Weiner

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY STEPHEN DINAN

Look 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

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