CNN: Trump getting paperwork ready for dozens of pardons

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE is in the process getting paperwork ready for dozens of pardons, according to a Wednesday report from CNN.

The report comes after Trump pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, and said he was considering pardoning businesswoman and TV personality Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). 


The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Trump is also leaning toward pardoning 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction, after meeting with celebrity Kim Kardashian West about the case. 

A White House official told the Post that the president has become obsessed with pardons, and could issue more in future weeks. 

Trump has already issued pardons to former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former boxer Jack Johnson, former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is running for Senate in Arizona.

Trump also said on Monday that he holds the authority to pardon himself, but has not committed to doing so amid special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling.  

Trump has not yet suggested pardoning any of the individuals indicted in Mueller's probe, but CNN reports some of the pardons reflect instances where he believes the Justice Department has overreached.