WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s departure from office Wednesday won’t be the end of Representative Albio Sires’ efforts to “protect our democracy and address abuses of the pardon power,” the veteran legislator said Monday in a statement directed at the nation’s outgoing leader.

Responding to numerous media reports, including from Fox News, that have said Trump is considering offering up to 100 commutations or pardons to supporters that have been convicted of various crimes, Sires said that “it is not surprising that allies of the President have reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars to lobby the President for clemency.”

“If there has been one guiding principle of President Trump’s time in office it has been that the President acts in his own best interest, not in the best interest of our nation.”

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Trump's previous pardons also drew rebuke from Sires who said that “instead of upholding our justice system, the President corrupted the pardon power by commuting sentences and pardoning multiple people who lied during investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as Republican House members who were sentenced for corruption.”

“He has frequently thrown around preemptive pardons for his family members as well as for himself, an unprecedented move that would harm our democratic institutions and the rule of law,” Sires concluded.

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