The authors, Simpson and Fritsch, (founders of Fusion GPS) describe in chapter two “Project Stitch hug Jack Skellington shirt”, how and by whom the dossiers were created. Also, the very existence of the information was cause for investigation, not the accuracy. The FBI always tracks down suspicious information. A pardon, clemency, and a commuted prison sentence are 3 different things. No matter the President it is probably prudent to know those differences.