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  • Reality Winner, Air Force Vet Imprisoned for Document Leak, Seeks Trump Clemency

    02/21/2020 8:33:05 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 43 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/18/20 | Russ Bynum
    SAVANNAH, Ga. — A former government contractor serving time in federal prison for leaking a classified document to a news organization is making an appeal for early release to President Donald Trump, who once tweeted that he considered her crime to be “small potatoes.” Reality Winner, 28, is serving a sentence of five years and three months at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, after she pleaded guilty in 2018 to a single count of transmitting national security information when she worked at a National Security Agency office in Georgia. Prosecutors called it the longest sentence ever imposed for...
  • Why Obama May Be Terrified by Trump Commuting Blagojevich’s Sentence

    02/20/2020 9:10:44 PM PST · by bitt · 98 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 2/20/2020 | matt margolis
    Ever since President Trump commuted the sentence of disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, I’ve been asking myself why he would do such a thing. I have a theory about what might have contributed to the decision, and if I’m right, Barack Obama should be concerned. When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, it was then-Governor Blagojevich’s responsibility to appoint someone to fill the seat. But, Blagojevich didn’t just want to give it away, he wanted something for it. “A Senate seat is a f---ing valuable thing. You don’t just give it away for nothing,” Blagojevich said at...
  • Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email

    02/20/2020 8:21:36 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 96 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/20/20 | Michael Isikoff
    Former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed in a new interview that during a three-hour meeting at the Ecuadorian Embassy in August 2017, he told Julian Assange he would get President Trump to give him a pardon if he turned over information proving the Russians had not been the source of internal Democratic National Committee emails published by WikiLeaks. In a phone interview with Yahoo News, Rohrabacher said his goal during the meeting was to find proof for a widely debunked conspiracy theory: that WikiLeaks’ real source for the DNC emails was not Russian intelligence agents, as U.S. officials have...
  • Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder’s Lawyer Claims

    02/19/2020 10:52:09 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 126 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 19, 2020 | Nico Hines
    LONDON—A lawyer for Julian Assange has claimed in court that President Trump offered to pardon Assange if the WikiLeaks founder agreed to help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee. Assange’s lawyers said on Wednesday that former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal in 2017, a year after emails that damaged Hillary Clinton in the presidential race had been published. WikiLeaks posted the stolen DNC emails after they were hacked by Russian operatives. The claim that Rohrabacher acted as an emissary for the White House came during a pre-extradition hearing in London. Assange...
  • IGNORED: Trump Grants Commutations To Several Women In Need In ‘Clemency Spree,’ Media Focuses On ‘Corruption’

    02/19/2020 9:55:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.dailywire.com ^ | February 19th, 2020 | By Emily Zanotti
    President Donald Trump granted clemency to eleven people Tuesday in what mainstream media outlets are calling a “clemency spree,” but many are ignoring the several women — including women of color — who were granted relief from long prison sentences, in pursuit of headlines tying Trump to “corruption” and “white collar crime.” Trump did, of course, grant commutations and pardons to several high-profile individuals, including former governor Rod Blagojevich, former New York police comissioner Bernard Kerick, financier Mike Milken, and pro-football Hall of Famer Edward DeBartolo, Jr. But while media focused on creating a common thread tying these commutations and...
  • Rod Blagojevich Press Conference

    02/19/2020 9:36:11 AM PST · by LRoggy · 73 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/19/20 | Lee Roggenburg
    If anyone is watching his press conference it will make Dem HEADS EXPLODE! Calling the Dems racist, being gracious, giving Trump props for being a problem solver, not a normal politician not getting anything done. And the Black guy next to him nodding yes about Trump being the real deal!!!
  • Blagojevich thanks president for setting him free: 'I'm a Trump-ocrat'

    02/19/2020 6:54:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 18, 2020 | By Phil Helsel
    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, freed from prison Tuesday, heaped "profound and everlasting gratitude" on President Donald Trump for commuting his sentence. "President Trump is the one who did this, and I'm ... profoundly grateful," Blagojevich, who was a Democrat, told reporters Tuesday night at Denver International Airport. "He's got obviously a big fan in me," said Blagojevich, who has gone totally gray since entering prison. "And if you’re asking me what my party affiliation is, I’m a Trump-ocrat." "He didn't have to do this. He’s a Republican president; I was a Democratic governor," Blagojevich said. "My fellow Democrats have...
  • Trump Reveals List of Pardons and Commutations, But a Couple of Names Are Missing

    02/19/2020 8:41:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/19/2020 | Victoria Taft
    President Trump has released a list of the people whose sentences he's commuted, such as former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and pardoned, such as Eddie DeBartolo Jr., the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. But there are a couple of names missing. The hashtag "Stone and Flynn" is trending on Twitter. Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter: Pardon Stone and Flynn. Commute Manafort. cc: @realDonaldTrump— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 18, 2020 In a filing today, General Michael Flynn is asking a judge to throw out the entire case against him due to "THE GOVERNMENT’S OUTRAGEOUS CONDUCT AND REPEATED BRADY VIOLATIONS...
  • Trump Grants Clemency to Rod Blagojevich, Bernard Kerik and Michael Milken

    02/18/2020 12:57:11 PM PST · by simpson96 · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/18/2020 | Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear
    WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, the Democrat who was convicted of trying to essentially sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain, and pardoned the financier Michael R. Milken and Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, the president announced on Tuesday. “Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich,” Mr. Trump told reporters just before boarding Air Force One for a four-day trip to the west coast where he is scheduled to hold three campaign rallies. “He served eight years in jail, a...
  • Trump Commutes Sentence For Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    02/18/2020 11:22:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/18/20 | ANDERS HAGSTROM
    President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Several Trump administration aides had claimed to ABC that the president is planning to grant the former governor clemency. Trump had previously hinted he was looking into commuting the 14-year sentence, which was originally handed down after Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell the Senate seat of then-president elect Barack Obama in 2008, according to NBC Chicago. https://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1229845536511070209 “Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. he served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don’t know him,” Trump...
  • Trump commutes sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, pardons ex-NY police commissioner Kerik, ex-49ers owner DeBartolo

    02/18/2020 11:12:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    cnbc ^ | 02/18/2020
    Trump commuted the remainder of Blagojevich’s 14-year prison term. the Illinois Democrat had begun serving that sentence in 2013 after he was found guilty of attempting to trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama for money or favors. The president announced that he had issued pardons to Kerik and DeBartolo. Kerik, who oversaw the NYPD during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, pleaded guilty in 2009 to charges of felony tax fraud and lying to the government. He was released from federal prison in 2013.
  • Cuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon

    10/16/2019 9:45:19 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/19 | Justine Coleman
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a measure Wednesday permitting New York state to press charges against those who have received presidential pardons. The measure was passed to prevent President Trump's ex-aides facing prison time or potential sentencing from receiving pardons and avoiding criminal punishment, NBC News reported. The network added that the legislation was a direct response to the president's consideration of giving his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, a pardon. Manafort is serving in a federal prison after being convicted on bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy charges. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has also indicted him on state...
  • Trump told me I got a ‘bad rap’: Pardoned me for what he called my ‘miraculously shrinking crime’

    05/24/2019 5:24:39 AM PDT · by billorites · 10 replies
    Spectator USA ^ | May 23, 2019 | Conrad Black
    I owe my return to these pages to the pardon I have received from the President of the United States. When he called me, he referred to my ‘miraculously shrinking crime’ of 17 counts, to 13 (including racketeering), to four, to two; and to the quantum of my alleged transgressions from $400 million to $60 million, to $6 million, to $285,000 (which was approved by independent directors and published in the company’s filings). The president stressed that the White House counsel and his legal staff had analyzed the legal material and concurred that I received ‘a bad rap (and) an...
  • After Mueller Time, Should It Become Pardon Time?

    03/26/2019 7:00:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/26/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    When it’s time to relax, one power stands clear … Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation and found no collusion with Russia, but there is still a significant amount of collateral damage from the probe. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates got convicted of crimes that took place well before the campaign, but others have fallen into process crimes from the probe itself.Donald Trump could clean up that damage by issuing pardons for associates like Michael Flynn, the Washington Post points out. Of course, he could do himself a lot of damage by issuing those pardons, too: Now that special...
  • Prisoners hope Trump will pardon humans alongside Thanksgiving turkeys

    11/20/2018 5:14:47 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 20, 2018
    When President Trump "pardons" a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys on Tuesday, prisoners will be watching and hoping that Trump breaks with tradition and frees human beings alongside lucky birds. This year, optimism is fueled by signs that the White House and Justice Department are processing clemency requests, as Trump denounces perceived unfairness in criminal sentencing and vows to release more inmates. Last week, Trump endorsed legislation that would reduce some drug-crime penalties, after saying in October that "a lot of people" are jailed for "no reason," and that he was "actively looking" for inmates to release.
  • MLK niece urges clemency 'tidal wave' after giving White House list of names

    08/23/2018 8:04:29 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug. 23, 2018
    Evangelical leader Alveda King says she’s optimistic that President Trump will unleash a “good tidal wave” of clemency after she delivered to the White House a list of nearly 100 prisoners who she wants Trump to release. The niece of Martin Luther King Jr. participated in an Aug. 1 discussion between Trump and African-American pastors and left behind her list of names with the office of the presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. King, a supporter of Trump and leader of the anti-abortion group Civil Rights for the Unborn, declined to provide a copy of her list, citing the potential...
  • 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...
  • Key Senate Democrat warns Trump not to attempt to pardon Manafort

    08/21/2018 2:24:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 125 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2018 | by Reuters Staff
    U.S. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned President Donald Trump on Tuesday over a possible pardon for his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. “Any attempt by the President to pardon Mr. Manafort or interfere in the investigation into his campaign would be a gross abuse of power and require immediate action by Congress,” Warner said in a statement.
  • 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 declines to rule out Paul Manafort pardon as jury considers verdict

    08/17/2018 12:38:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | The Manchester Guardian
    US president Donald Trump defended Paul Manafort as “a good person” and declined to rule out a pardon as a jury spent Friday deliberating the fate of the former campaign chairman. “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Mr Trump told reporters on the South Lawn at the White House, before departing for a fundraiser on Long Island. “I think it’s a very sad day for our country. He happens to be a very good person, and I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.” Mr Manafort faces 18 counts of tax evasion and bank...