Trump allies pushing for Edward Snowden pardon
Amidst Trump's wave of pardons, some of the President's allies in Congress have called for another name to be added to the list before the end of his term: Edward Snowden.
Back in 2013, Snowden leaked information revealing the extent to which the NSA had been surveilling its own citizens, in addition to exposing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for having lied to Congress. According to the Daily Caller, this second event is of note, as Trump's personal dislike for Clapper may potentially play a role in convincing him to accede to a pardon.
Politico notes that Senator Rand Paul, Representative Matt Gaetz and recently-pardoned advisor Roger Stone are three key figures all advocating for clemency.
"He revealed that James Clapper, the highest-ranking, most powerful spy in the world, was spying on Americans and lied to us about it,” Paul said in an interview, per Politico. “So I think what Snowden did was a service to the American people and he ought to be pardoned.”
Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard similarly tweeted in November for President Trump to “consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state.”
However, many of the more traditional-min“take a very good look at” pardoning the whistleblower. Snowden, by contrast, has emphasized that Trump pardon Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, over himself. aid Senator Marco Rubio.
Back in August, Trump said that he would “take a very good look at” pardoning the whistleblower. Snowdon, by contrast, has emphasized that Trump pardon Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, over himself. “Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange. You alone can save his life,” Snowden tweeted earlier in December.
Snowden has resided in Russia since leaving the US and recently applied for Russian citizenship. "“After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That’s why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we’re applying for dual US-Russian citizenship,” he wrote on Twitter.