Rev. Jesse Jackson recently called for President Obama to issue a blanket pardon to Hillary Clinton before he leaves office.
Speaking at the University of Michigan, on Wednesday, Rev. Jackson said that the sitting president should do this for Clinton just as Ford did it for Richard Nixon.
In 1974, President Ford issued a full and complete pardon of former president Nixon for any crimes he may have committed. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached for crimes uncovered during the Senate’s Watergate hearings. Ford said the pardon was in the best interests of the nation.
Though Jackson never said that Clinton did anything wrong, Jackson said that Obama could circumvent President-elect Donald Trump’s promised attempt to prosecute Hillary Clinton for use of a private e-mail server.
“It would be a monumental moral mistake to pursue the indictment of Hillary Clinton,” Jackson said. He said issuing the pardon could also help to heal the nation.
He added: “Hillary Clinton has not been tried, but there are those who want to drag her for the next three years. It will not stop until they find a reason to put her in jail. That would be a travesty.”