Trump pardons an unindicted co-conspirator: “Unprecedented, historic corruption”
- Editor’s note: President Trump has tweeted more than two dozen times since May 31, 2020, that he is the “LAW & ORDER” [in ALL CAPS] President. However, “Trump has issued a record-low number of pardons and commutations for the modern presidency, a remarkably high percentage of which were granted to a personal or political associate — 31 of 36 by the count of Goldsmith and Lawfare intern Matt Gluck.”
- The Friday night pardon of Trump friend and associate Roger Stone was such blatant Obstruction of Justice, that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) tweeted accordingly on Saturday morning: “Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.”
- And the Framers of the US Constitution were so concerned about the pardon power that, “George Mason warned at Virginia’s ratifying convention in 1788 that the president ‘ought not to have the power of pardoning, because he may frequently pardon crimes which were advised by himself.'”
- “Stone was convicted of obstructing Congress, of perjury, of witness tampering — seven felony counts, all involving efforts to cover up his dealings with WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, including Trump himself, about his efforts to obtain information about Democratic emails hacked by Russians seeking to help Trump win the 2016 election. If Trump did not, as Mason feared, advise Stone’s crimes, he benefited from them,” quoting Ruth Marcus, WaPo.
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+ Since his election, Donald Trump has been a mirror, held up to us Americans and propelling us to ask: How did we get here? [Ed. note: a convergence of all the big issues of our time: health care, race inequality, coronavirus, and political corruption on high.]