President Donald Trump, who has raised eyebrows by mulling his power to pardon as investigators probe possible ties between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation, used his authority in a less controversial way yesterday to "pardon" a Thanksgiving turkey.
But one person shouted out something from the crowd that really sparked interest.
After the ceremony, a reporter was heard to ask: "Are you going to pardon any people?" There they will join Tater and Tot, the two turkeys pardoned past year by President Obama.
"However, I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not, under any circumstances, be revoked", Trump quipped, referring to the turkeys pardoned by former President Obama a year ago. Donald Trump failed again to address sexual misconduct allegations surrounding senate candidate Roy Moore, but pardoned a turkey.
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"Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned", Trump told the bird.
Trump pointed out the first time the federation presented a turkey to Harry Truman, the former president declined to give the bird a pass in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. "He refused; he was a tough cookie".
The story goes that President Abraham Lincoln's son Tad persuaded his dad to spare their Christmas Turkey and keep it as a pet, whom they named Jack. Formal pardons began with President George H.W. Bush in 1989.