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  • Reality Winner will ask Trump to reverse her ‘so unfair’ prison sentence

    09/01/2018 7:00:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 31, 2018 | Johnny Edwards
    When her mother told her that President Donald Trump had tweeted about her case, Reality Winner braced for the worst. After all, ever since her arrest for leaking a top-secret document, strangers on the internet have called her a traitor, mocked her name and gloated over her legal predicament. But Trump didn’t gloat and he didn’t mock, at least not her. The day after a federal judge handed her a record-setting prison sentence, Winner heard her mother read the president’s words through a phone receiver at the Lincoln County jail, where she’s been incarcerated for more than a year. “Gee,...
  • Aides expect Trump to go rogue on Manafort pardon

    08/24/2018 10:06:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 24, 2018 | Nancy Cook
    President Donald Trump’s lawyers and a cadre of informal White House advisers claim they’ve convinced him not to pardon Paul Manafort — but White House officials expect the president to do it anyway. The president’s characterization of his former campaign chairman as a victim and “brave man” is being read by aides as a signal that Trump wants to use his unilateral authority to issue pardons to absolve Manafort, according to eight current and former administration officials and outside advisers. “Trump is setting it up. He’s referring to the investigation as a ‘witch hunt’ and saying this never would have...
  • Republicans warn Trump against Manafort pardon

    08/22/2018 3:39:05 PM PDT · by detective · 97 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/22/18 | Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney
    Senate Republicans are warning President Trump that it would be a serious mistake to pardon his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted late Tuesday on an array of fraud charges. “It would be an enormous mistake and misuse of his power to pardon,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a prominent moderate, told reporters. Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas), the second-ranking Senate GOP leader, said that pardoning Manafort “would be a mistake.” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), the third-ranking member of the GOP leadership, said he is not aware of any mitigating circumstances related to Manafort’s case...
  • Jerry Brown’s clemency: 18 convicted murderers serving life without parole will go free

    08/17/2018 9:39:10 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 54 replies
    SFgate | August 17, 2018 | Pete Fimrite
    Eighteen people serving life without the possibility of parole sentences for murder in California will be set free after Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to commute their sentences. The 18 are among 31 prisoners granted clemency and 36 ex-convicts pardoned by the governor on Friday. ***. Those who won commutations included Kimberly LaBore, who has served 20 years for participating in the slayings of two men in Santa Cruz while she was high on methamphetamines. Among those who had their life-without-parole sentences commuted were Virgil Eugene Holt, who gunned down his supervisor at an Alameda County fast food restaurant in 1989...
  • Dem Rep Lieu: Trump Pardoning Manafort Would Be ‘Grounds For Impeachment’

    08/17/2018 11:23:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/16/18 | Pam Key
    Thursday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said it would be “grounds for impeachment” if President Donald Trump pardoned his former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort if he was found guilty in the case currently being deliberated by a jury in Virginia. Lieu said, “I believe pardoning Paul Manafort would be grounds for impeachment. Whether Republicans would act on that, I don’t think they would, which is why this November the voters across America have a chance to change the makeup of Congress and put in a real check and balance by putting in Democrats to control.”
  • Trump pardons ranchers whose case sparked Bundy takeover of Oregon refuge

    07/10/2018 1:07:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 10, 2018 | Elizabeth Landers
    President Donald Trump pardoned two men on Tuesday who were involved in a dispute with federal authorities over federal land usage that sparked the takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon. Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond were granted executive grants of clemency by Trump, according to a White House statement. The father-son duo are cattle ranchers and were convicted in 2012 of committing arson on federal lands in Oregon. "Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency," the statement read....
  • Trump Issues Full Pardons To Oregon Ranchers Forced Back Into Prison Under Anti-Terror Law

    07/10/2018 7:50:51 AM PDT · by blueyon · 69 replies
    TheDailyCaller ^ | Michael Bastasch
    President Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers forced back into prison in 2016 to serve out the rest of the mandatory minimum sentence required under an anti-terrorism law. “The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges. Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of committing arson on federal land in 2012 under an anti-terrorism...
  • Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wants Trump to spring him from prison

    06/13/2018 3:47:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/13/18 | Dom Calicchio
    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – a Democrat serving a 28-year sentence for corruption – is seeking President Donald Trump’s help to get out of prison early, according to reports. Kilpatrick, writing on the Free Kwame Project website, says he has undergone a spiritual transformation since resigning from office in 2008 following a text-messaging sex scandal. “By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus. I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well,” he writes.
  • Trump Asked Kneeling NFL Players Who To Pardon Next And People Are Like 'Issa Trap!' (BET)

    06/09/2018 1:29:13 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 12 replies
    BET ^ | Jun 8, 2018 (stale by a day) | Rachel Herron
    In a bizarre turn of events, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday he wants to ask NFL players who knelt during the national anthem to suggest more people for him to pardon. Before heading to the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump addressed reporters outside the White House. When the topic of pardons arose, Trump surprised many by suggesting he'd take suggestions on who to pardon next from the same NFL players he bashed. AFTER SAYING NO ONE SHOULD REMAIN IN THE LOCKER ROOMS DURING THE PLAYING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, TRUMP INVITED PLAYERS TO GIVE HIM SUGGESTIONS FOR PARDONS...
  • Why President Trump Ought Not Pardon Muhammad Ali

    06/09/2018 11:32:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/09/2018 | Jack Cashill
    President Donald Trump, we are told, is thinking "very seriously" about pardoning the late boxing great Muhammad Ali. While the move may have some useful public relations advantages, it further inflates a mythic balloon that should have been punctured a long time ago. In early 1966, with the conflict in Vietnam escalating, Selective Service lowered the bar to include those whose mental aptitudes were in the 15th percentile or higher. That meant Ali. He was not pleased. He immediately had his attorney apply for a deferment based on the financial hardship it would cause his parents, but the request was...
  • Trump says he’s considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

    06/08/2018 6:47:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 8, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    President Trump said Friday that he is considering a posthumous pardon to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who was convicted of dodging conscription during the Vietnam War. “I am thinking about Muhammad Ali,” Trump told reporters at the White House shortly before departing to the Group of Seven nations summit in Quebec City. Ali – who died in 2016 — refused to fight in the war when the government tried to conscript him in 1967, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the US involvement in the conflict. He was stripped of his heavyweight title and charged with draft evasion. A...
  • You Don't Get To Rewrite the Constitution Because You Dislike Donald Trump

    06/08/2018 12:01:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2018 | David Harsanyi
    If your contention is that President Donald Trump has the propensity to sound like a bully and an authoritarian, I'm with you. If you're arguing that Trump's rhetoric is sometimes coarse and unpresidential, I can't disagree. I'm often turned off by the aesthetic and tonal quality of his presidency. And, yes, Trump has an unhealthy tendency to push theories that exaggerate and embellish small truths to galvanize his fans for political gain. Those are all legitimate political concerns. Yet the ubiquitous claim that Trump acts in a way that uniquely undermines the rule of law is, to this point,...
  • With pardoned Alice Johnson shouting, 'I love you, President Trump!' - the left stews

    06/07/2018 7:44:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/07/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Only on the left would we see the presidential pardon of a non-violent drug offender, a cause that up until now has been a Sorosian shibboleth, greeted with grumbles. Why? Because President Trump took the initiative to get it done, hearing of the 63 year-old grandmother's plight from big-name celebrity Kim Kardashian. The left loathes Trump more than they value that woman and the cause she represents, so a good deed suddenly becomes a bad deed. Here's how the left and its media minions took it, starting with the Guardian: On Wednesday, Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson,...
  • After Kim Kardashian West Meeting, Trump Commutes Life Sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

    06/06/2018 11:03:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    KTLA ^ | 06/06/2018
    Johnson has already served 21 years of a life sentence after she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.... “Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades. Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates,” the White House said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked...
  • “Pardon Me Rudy” -- More Disney Flick Than Legal Theory

    06/06/2018 6:23:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2018 | Bob Barr
    With the Trump Administration it often is difficult to determine whether a bizarre public statement is a clever smokescreen, or if the proponent actually believes what he or she is saying. While Trump is a true master at manipulating his enemies, his advisors are not always as deft. Take, for example, the recent proclamation by Trump’s latest Legal Eagle, Rudy Giuliani, asserting the president possesses the power to self-pardon. Considering all that has been happening in Washington these days, one might conclude that such a statement serves as an intentionally crafted distraction by Trump’s attorneys, thrown to the media like...
  • "Trump Not Acting Like An Innocent Man"

    06/05/2018 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 71 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/18
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, thinks that "USA do not have a dictatorship. The Founding Fathers did not want a king. That means no one — including the president himself — is above the law. He's just dead wrong." ..... Video
  • Gingrich says Trump pardoning himself would be "arrogant statement of power"

    06/05/2018 8:14:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 67 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/05/2018 | Emily Tillett
    Former House Speaker and Trump ally Newt Gingrich warned President Trump against pardoning himself should special counsel Robert Mueller pursue charges in the ongoing Russia investigation, telling "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday that it would be an "arrogant statement of power" if he did so. "I don't think he can pardon himself, that would lead to a reaction in the Congress that would be devastating," Gingrich said. Gingrich's comments come after Mr. Trump declared Monday that he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself, but added he had done nothing wrong. The president asserted his presidential power as the White...
  • 2016: If Hillary Is Indicted, President Clinton Could Pardon Herself and Congress Might be Helpless

    06/04/2018 9:31:01 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 42 replies
    https://lawandcrime.com ^ | October 28th, 2016 | Chris White
    On Friday, just days before the election, reports are emerging that the FBI has re-opened the Hillary Clinton email investigation. “The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” a letter from FBI Director James Comey reads. And while Comey didn’t indicate how long the investigation could take, it’s pretty safe to bet investigators won’t come to any kind of decision before November 8th. It may even take months for the FBI to wrap up round two of this. So what happens if Clinton is elected, takes office, and then finds her...
  • Dinesh D’Souza Sounds the Alarm: NY Attorney General Wants to Get Rid of ‘Double Jeopardy’ to Go..

    06/04/2018 2:39:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 116 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | June 3, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza faced political persecution after he directed and released anti-Obama film, “2016: Obama’s America”. He was indicted over illegal campaign contributions. It was an obvious witch hunt. On Thursday, President Trump announced publicly he would be issuing a full pardon to Dinesh D’Souza. The New York Attorney General is so angry over the presidential pardon of Dinesh that she wants to get rid of double jeopardy to go after him again. Dinesh D’Souza celebrated on his Twitter account with an epic smack down of the Obama hack who made his life hell, former US Attorney Preet Bharara....
  • Possibility of Trump pardoning himself sparks GOP pushback

    06/03/2018 11:57:17 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/03/18 | Mallory Shelbourne
    New talk of President Trump possibly pardoning himself drew pushback from Republicans on the Sunday show circuit this week. Both Congressional Republicans and the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, urged caution that a self-issued pardon could be politically problematic for Trump. But Giuliani said the president “probably” has the power to give himself a pardon even though doing so would prove to be difficult. “I think the political ramifications of that [pardoning] would be tough. Pardoning other people is one thing. Pardoning yourself is another,” Giuliani told ABC’s “This Week.” Etc...