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Pete King: Manning Commutation 'Final Left Wing Shot' From Obama

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 02:51 PM

President Barack Obama's decision to commute Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for supplying sensitive national security documents to WikiLeaks was a just a final parting shot as he leaves office, Rep. Pete King said Wednesday.

"When Bill Clinton went out he did pardon a number of terrorists here in the country," King said on Fox News' "Outnumbered" show, where he was the featured guest. "To me, it is a power of the president, you don't want to take it away from them, but again, the responsibility of being president is to uphold the dignity of the office. This just looks like a final left wing shot as he's going out the door showing what he really stands all along."

Manning will leave prison in May, and joins 209 other inmates whose sentences were commuted. Obama also pardoned 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who had been charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.

King called the Manning decision "absolutely shameful, indefensible, disgraceful."

"Manning cost lives in Afghanistan, put American lives at risk, but the lives of our allies, our sources on the ground at risk," said King of the former Army intelligence agent, who as Private Bradley Manning — her name before undergoing gender reassignment surgery — released a trove of documents to WikiLeaks.

"We've seen the number of reports that there were killings and murders of those who were found out because of what she leaked out," said King. "It's absolutely indefensible, and after denouncing WikiLeaks for the last six weeks because what they allegedly did during the campaign, to commute the sentence of this person, 35 years is not even long enough. This is not all it takes, this is real lives that were lost."

Even if Manning expressed remorse, King continued, lives were lost, and the leaks were no accident.

Also on Wednesday, King spoke out against Democrats who will not attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremonies, as the event is a "celebration of democracy."

"Democracy really is a fairly weak fabric," he continued. "We can't be testing it all the time, and to me, if we don't come together on Inauguration Day, you are undoing the fabric of the country ... I think it is wrong, indefensible."

King also discussed the move to repeal and replace Obamacare, pointing out that the Affordable Care Act won't be gone immediately.

"We have to do it, and do it in no way that no one is losing [coverage]," said King. "It has to be done, but not overnight."

If that happens, said King, "what do you do with 800,000 people who are now on Medicaid in New York that weren't there before?"

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President Barack Obama's decision to commute Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for supplying sensitive national security documents to WikiLeaks was a just a final parting shot as he leaves office, Rep. Pete King said Wednesday.
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