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Trump: 'Roger Has a Very Good Chance at Exoneration'


By    |   Thursday, 20 February 2020 04:17 PM

Stopping short of vowing a pardon for Roger Stone, President Donald Trump said his longtime friend "has a very good chance of exoneration" because of a "tainted" jury and an unfair trial. 

"I'm following this very closely, and I want to see it play out to its fullest, because Roger has a very good chance of exoneration in my opinion," Trump told the Hope for Prisoners graduation ceremony in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon.

Trump hinted he will retain the power of a presidential pardon – preferring Stone to be exonerated by the justice system – but he pulled no punches on denouncing the unfair trial and tainted juror who was "an anti-Trump activist" with a "horrible social media account."

"But I'm not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States – I want the process to play out," Trump said. "I think that's the best thing to do, because I'd love to see Roger exonerated, and I'd love to see it happen, because I personally think he was treated very unfairly."

The reported political animus held by the forewoman of the jury in the Stone case shows the trial was unfair and the jury pool was "tainted" by her, Trump added.

"This was a woman who was an anti-Trump person, totally," he said. "Now, I don't know if this is a fact, but she had a horrible social media account. The things she said on the account were unbelievable. She didn't reveal that when she was chosen.

"And, I guess, from what I hear, she's a very strong woman, dominant person, so she could get people to do whatever she wants. And she got on, and then she became the foreperson, forewoman on the jury.

"And I assume they asked her a question: Do you have any bias? She didn't say that, so is that a defrauding of the court? You tell me. But does this undermine our fair system of justice? How can you have a person like this? Did she delete her social account?

"And when Roger was determined by this same jury to be guilty, before the judge issued a sentence, and he was determined to be guilty and she started going a little wild. She's very happy. And she starting saying things, and people said, 'that's strange.' And they started looking at it.

"How can you have a jury pool tainted so badly? It's not fair. It's not fair."

Ending a week in which Trump pardoned and commuted sentences of 11 others, he spoke to the ceremony vowing to "make a fair system." 

"I'm here to make a fair system," Trump said. "Again, Roger is not somebody who worked on my campaign. I know Roger, but a lot of people know Roger. Everybody sort of knows Roger. And what happened to him is unbelievable."

Trump reiterated his rebuke of the lack of prosecutions for former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and others involved in the 2016 Russian election interference investigation that netted Stone.

"They say he lied, but other people lied, too," Trump said. "Just to mention: Comey lied. McCabe lied. Lisa Page lied. Her lover lied, Strzok, Peter Strzok lied. You don't know who these people are? Just trust me, they all lied.

"You had people that forged documents. You had people that wrote fake dossiers and brought them to the FBI, and used people in the Justice Department to get them to the FBI. 

"A lot of bad things are happening and we're cleaning it out. We're cleaning the swamp, we're draining the swamp. I just never knew how deep the swamp was."

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Stopping short of vowing a pardon for Roger Stone, President Donald Trump said his longtime friend Roger Stone "has a very good chance of exoneration" because of a "tainted" jury and an unfair trial. 
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Thursday, 20 February 2020 04:17 PM
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