The former president and his wife, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, issued a statement Monday urging President Donald Trump not to grant pardons to the men who were convicted of the 1989 murders of a police officer and his fiancee.
“I know that many of the men in our society feel pain, grief and anger and are hurting,” the Clintons said in a statement, adding, “Our grief and grief-stricken hearts are with them as they begin to heal.”
The pardon has been a central focus of the Clintons’ campaign for years, and Trump has repeatedly vowed to grant clemency to those convicted in the case.
Trump has also repeatedly sought to distance himself from the case and cast the pardon as a political stunt, arguing it would damage his reputation.
“We should be very, very careful about pardoning convicted criminals,” Trump said in May 2017, calling it a “political stunt” that would “dishonestly damage” his presidential bid.
“I would like to know what the president knows and what he doesn’t know.”
The Clintons, however, have maintained a positive stance, even as Trump has publicly sought to downplay the case or say that it was never about politics.
“Hillary Clinton is a strong advocate for the justice system and the American people,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an emailed statement Monday.
“She has consistently spoken out against the conviction of those who killed Officer James Boyd and the murder of her fiance, Officer Denise Boyd, and the pardon would dishonor the families of the two officers.”