CNN: Trump getting paperwork ready for dozens of pardons

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.