GAZA CITY, GA — President Obama has been warned that President-elect Donald Trump has no option but to pardons convicted rapist Jeffrey Dahmer, the president-elect has said.
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Obama called Dahmer’s death “a horrible tragedy,” adding that “I think that, yes, the law is a little bit complicated, but I think it would be a very tough call for the president to pardon the guy.”
“I don’t think there is a precedent for it, I think the president of the United States has the power to do it, but there are some very, very serious questions that we need to answer,” Obama said.
“And that is, how many other people do we let out of jail?”
The president-to-be has said he would pardon the “most egregious” offenders, and he has also said he is open to pardoning convicted killers, rapists, and child molesters.
“I think there’s a good chance that we will pardon some of the more egregious offenders, but it will be a tough call, George,” Obama added.
“The President has made clear that if there is evidence of criminality, I’m going to make sure that it’s treated appropriately.
But it’s not an easy call.”
When pressed on the issue, he said he does not know if Trump has any other options.
“Well, he’s going to have to look into it, George, but as far as the president pardons, I don’t know,” Obama replied.
“I’m not going to comment on what the president is going to do.”
Obama has previously made the case for pardons for pedophiles, but has said “there is no question” that Dahmer should not be pardoned.
“This is a very sad day for all of us,” Obama told ABC News in an interview last week.
“We are all touched by what happened to Jeffrey Dahmmer.
This is a horrible tragedy.
I think that the law, yes.
But I think there are a lot of questions to be answered.
And I think we have to make those decisions based on facts and evidence.”
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