Lindsey Graham on Trump: ‘All the Legal Authority in the World’ to Pardon Stone

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Thursday came out in defense of a potential pardon for Roger Stone, who was earlier that day sentenced to 40 months in prison, saying that President Donald Trump has the authority to pardon Stone or reduce his sentence.

“Under our system of justice President Trump has all the legal authority in the world to review this case, in terms of commuting the sentence or pardoning Mr. Stone for the underlying offense,” Graham tweeted on Thursday.

“This presidential power is available to all presidents in all cases brought before our justice system,” the senator continued. “This is the way our legal system is intended to work and provides a brilliant and intricate system of checks and balances we should all honor.”

Previously, Graham noted: “The sentence rendered in the Roger Stone case by Judge Jackson is on the lower end of the recommended sentencing guidelines for offenses of this nature.”

The Senate Judiciary chairman added: “It is important to give both the government and the accused a fair trial free from influence. I believe this has been accomplished in Mr. Stone’s case. Like all Americans, Mr. Stone can appeal the fairness of his trial and the verdict rendered.”

Politico reports that Stone is seeking a new trial, and that Trump commented after the sentencing: “I’m not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States. I want the process to play out. I think that is the best thing to do. Because I would love to see Roger exonerated, and I would love to see it happen. Because I personally think that he was treated very unfairly.”

via newsmax

5 comments

  1. If Pres. Trump comes up with a decision on Roger Stone’s case, I’d suggest for a community service for 6 months…Maybe have him do a community service in the House of Representatives so he can learn those abuse of power by elected officials…!!!

  2. What are we supposed to comment on? Why don’t Congressional representatives, elected by us the citizens, know anything about the verbage and intent of the Constitution of the U.S.? Why do they and the Executive administration know nothing about the straight forward interpretation of the Constitution, and abide by it on a daily basis instead of trying to BS the people and others into a new meaning so they can make it fit whatever they want it to fit in their meaning? Why do we allow, and why does Congress allow every President to violate the Constitution with an XO that is also a violation of the Constitution? Why does the SCOTUS allow the violations of the Constitution to go on without even a comment on the legality of laws and/or passed legislation which violates the Constitution and rules of law? Why do we allow XO’s to rule our life and living conditions when the XO’s are a violation of Presidential authority. Are we so complacent in our ;iving that we are afraid to speak up against any or all of the above?

  3. I’m with you 100% on that… I believe in keeping it simple and not twisting the meaning or self interpreting the constitution or the federalist papers. It doesn’t have to get any more complicated than that and when it does (people do), it’s time to real it in and keep it simple over and over again.

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