I know this question is premature with several months to go before the election, but I think it’s one worth considering.
In the event that Clinton loses in November, will President Obama pardon her?
If Hillary loses, the Democratic machine will be ripe for takeover with Sandernistas. Right now that machine is completely Clinton’s, as the DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks proves. But that machine would be wrecked by a Trump win in November, and the likely replacement would be with Bernie Sanders backers, many of whom also are Obama backers. It should be remembered that the Clinton machine and the Obama machine are completely separate entities, with the latter focused on governing. Once Obama leaves office his people will be freed to focus on shaping his party to cement and extend his legacy in the same way the Clinton machine has done. The Sandernistas will likely have an important role to play, at least for the first few years while Obama’s people get placed.
So what about Hillary?
A Trump win means there would be a likelihood of continued investigation into Clinton affairs abetted by the Sandernistas and Obama’s people whom Hillary has crossed. The indictment of Hillary which many on the Right (and I) have called for would become a strong possibility.
Would Obama as one of his last acts as President pardon her?
There is no love lost between Clinton and Obama. The two have had differing views and come from completely different circumstances. There is little cross-over between their machines, and so Obama would have the latitude he would need to simply let his time expire and leave his one-time nemesis to the GOP dogs.
On the other hand a pardon would help him pull allies from the Clinton camp that are worth having. The Clinton machine knows how to make money and peddle influence in ways that could prove useful to an ex-president. A pardon could endear him to those allies who, having lost their future with a failed Hillary, would be looking for new opportunities.
Which way would he go?