(CNN)The White House is currently in the process of reviewing clemency applications and has signaled that President Joe Biden, who views the pardon power as a key tool for advancing equity, will issue acts of clemency before the middle of his presidential term, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.
The White House has informed activists that Biden will not wait until the end of his term to begin granting people clemency, and that they should be expected before the middle of this presidential term, the source said.
The New York Times was first to report on the timing of the clemency requests being considered by the Biden White House.
The White House Counsel’s Office is leading the clemency efforts, working alongside the Domestic Policy Council and Office of Public Engagement, the source said.
Deputy counsel to the President Danielle Con
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