Corruption is the rule. This week marks twenty-eight years since George H.W. Bush pardoned six defendants as part of the Iran-Contra cover up. One of whom, confessed criminal Elliot Abrams, was brought back into government by George W. Bush, and now serves as Trump’s Iran/Valenzuela envoy. Trump is not just using the pardon power as other presidents have, but pardoning people to send a clear signal to witnesses and prosecutors. Each of the pardoned miscreants was convicted of crimes that may have been committed by witnesses against Trump or by the president himself.