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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Article II of the US Constitution empowers sitting presidents “to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall (1801 – 1835) explained that this power is “an act of grace, proceeding from the power entrusted with the execution of the laws.” 

It serves as “a constituent part of the judicial system that the judge sees only with judicial eyes, and knows nothing respecting any particular case of which he (or she) is not informed judicially.”

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1902 – 1932) noted that “the determination of the ultimate authority that the public welfare will be better served by inflicting less than what the judgment fixed” is what the presidential power to pardon, commute, or otherwise grant clemency is all about.

Most often, this power is abused, used for unworthy individuals, political prisoners and others wrongfully harmed ignored — notably Julian Assange today.

At the behest of the Trump regime, Ecuador permitted UK authorities to enter its London embassy in April 2019 — forcibly dragging him from its premises and incarcerating him under harsh prison conditions.

Extradition proceedings continue that will decide whether to hand him over to US authorities to be tried for the “high crime” of truth-telling journalism the way it should be.

Time and again, the US under both right wings of the one-party state honors its worst while grossly harming its best.

Assange is an Australian citizen. Britain and Ecuador acted against his fundamental rights in cahoots with the Trump regime.

Its hardliners want him prosecuted, persecuted, imprisoned, or eliminated by harsh mistreatment for publishing damning information about US high crimes of war and against humanity in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since taking office, Trump issued 25 pardons and 11 commutations.

Dubious recipients included racist lawbreaker Joe Arpaio — former Maricopa County, Arizona self-styled “America’s toughest sheriff” — notorious for abusing the power of his office throughout his tenure.

In April 2018, Lewis “Scooter” Libby was pardoned by Trump. Convicted of lying under oath during grand jury proceedings and obstructing justice, GW Bush commuted his sentence.

Convicted of fraud, obstruction of justice, and grand theft, Trump pardoned UK newspaper publisher Conrad Black.

To his credit, DJT commuted the largely politicized sentencing of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. 

Discussing his political persecution, the late Alex Cockburn said “(i)f defended by a capable lawyer, I don’t see any reason why Blago shouldn’t emerge from his ordeal with a verdict of Not Guilty from the 12 jurors.”

When US prosecutors want someone convicted, especially in politically motivated cases, innocence is no defense.

In January 2019, GOP-connected political strategist Roger Stone was politically indicted on seven counts.

In November last year, he was convicted of obstructing an official proceeding, making false statements to Congress and witness tampering. 

Dubious politicized charges stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russophobic witch hunt that ended with a whimper, not a bang.

Cooked up by Obama’s Russophobic CIA director John Brennan, accusations of Russian US election meddling were and remain a colossal hoax — one of the most shameful political chapters in US history.

No evidence was uncovered by Mueller or separate House and Senate probes because there was and remains nothing to find.

Yet millions of dollars spent and months spent on mass deception achieved nothing but egg on the faces of everyone in Washington involved — establishment media as well for supporting the ruse.

Stone’s longtime connection to Trump was his undoing. 

Along with Russiagate probes, his indictment and prosecution were all about wanting Trump delegitimized and weakened for the wrong reasons — along with trying to prevent his reelection in November.

Prosecutors claimed Stone tried to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian US 2016 election meddling that didn’t happen, no credible evidence suggesting it — claims otherwise fabricated.

During his ordeal, Stone called charges against him politically motivated.

His lawyer Grant Smith said “(t)here was no Russian collusion,” so what’s going on is “a clear attempt at silencing Roger,” adding:

“This was an investigation they started (over alleged) Russian collusion, and now they’re charging Roger Stone with lying to Congress about something he honestly forgot about, and as Roger has stated publicly before, he will fight the charges.”

After conviction last November, he was released on $250,000 bond ahead of sentencing.

In February, he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison on seven counts that included obstruction of an official proceeding, false statements, and witness tampering.

At the time, Trump criticized his sentence straightaway, saying:

“I’m going to watch the process…and at some point I’m going to make a recommendation” — suggesting a possible pardon or commutation ahead.

It came days before Stone’s imprisonment was scheduled to begin.

On Friday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the following:

Stone was a “victim of the Russia hoax that the left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump presidency.”

Reportedly Trump notified Stone of his commutation intention before Friday’s announcement.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: “Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal witch hunt that should never have taken place.”

His commutation will likely be used by Dems and supportive media backing presumptive nominee Biden against Trump during the ongoing presidential campaign.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.