Using and abusing pardons has been a common practice by crooked Republican Presidents to help their friends escape being held to the laws of the land....and helping prevent themselves from going to prison.
Nixon, Nixon, Nixon.....including his buddy Roger Stone.
Reagan and Iran-contra.....pardons used by Ronnie to save himself from going to jail for treason. Reagan conspired with the Iranians leading up to the election....treason. Don't forget Elliott Abrams who resigned in disgrace........Trump just appointed Elliott to a 6 figure project called Venezuela. The same Elliott Abrams rapped up in Iran contra and El Salvador. Crooks!
Then we have Cheney-Bush....they used several pardons to prevent their lies about WMD's from being prosecuted. Bush defrauded the US government and the people.
Now we have Trump.....worse than Nixon, Reagan, and Bush combined.