Darryl Issa: Trump Should Pardon Duncan Hunter

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:

In an interview with the Union-Tribune editorial board, former Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican insider who once chaired the powerful House oversight committee, talked seriously about presidential clemency should Hunter be sentenced to prison on March 17.

“It’s not my decision. It’s the president’s decision,” Issa said when asked about a pardon. “But I would certainly say the commuting of sentencing has a certain ability to balance the public good. Are we better off spending $60,000 a year to put him behind bars or are we better off with him doing community service and going on with his life with the likelihood of him committing a crime in the future being pretty low?”

Issa, who withdrew his nomination by Trump for a trade post to run for Hunter’s seat, has shied away from criticism of the congressman, whose name is well known in the GOP stronghold.