Again, though, this is the essence of Trump’s view. His pardons as president were lopsidedly weighted toward his cronies and political allies. A slew of supporters who faced past or future criminal charges were cleared with a press of Trump’s send button. Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Stephen K. Bannon, Joe Arpaio, Dinesh D’Souza, Bernard Kerik. All targeted unfairly by shadowy law enforcement officials who Trump saw as oppressive. All cleared because Trump had the ability to tilt the scales of justice as he saw fit.