When a presidential pardon is issued there is an immediate denial of justice to the American people who were criminalized against by the culprit, but when the pardon is for a member of the president’s own administration, most people see a tacit admission of guilt, but in this case the culpability is shared by both Obama and Hillary, not just Hillary alone.
We know that Obama knew of Hillary’s illegal email server and did nothing to assure that the messages he sent to her were secure and protected from hacking, and we know he knew of her server’s illegality because he used a fictitious account and name for himself when sending emails to her. So there was something crooked going on here, and if Obama pardons her, we’ll know he was deeply involved in whatever criminal activity Hillary was perpetrating.
Republicans are deeply concerned that Hillary should get her day in court and not have to live with the cloud of guilt hanging over her head the rest of her life. She should not be denied the opportunity to prove her innocence and defend herself, and an Obama pardon would not allow her to mount any defense at all, which would be similar to a miscarriage of justice.
Republicans are additionally concerned that Hillary was not given her full investigatory rights because the Department of Justice never did send her case information to a Grand Jury, where a council of her peers could have seen the evidence and decided whether or not to prosecute. One feels that Hillary was very poorly mistreated by the devious Obama administration and its corrupt Department of Justice.
But, if Obama pardons Hillary then the Trump administration will not be able to investigate her more openly and completely, and no evidence of Obama’s culpability will ever come to light. So I wonder which way Obama will jump on this issue.