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A Roger Stone Pardon, Not Only a Political Win But a Must

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Washington, D.C. - Feb. 20, 2020 - Trump confidant Roger Stone, former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at East Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse.  (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

With the Obama appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s impending ruling against Roger Stone’s motion for a retrial, time is of the essence for President Trump to not commute Mr. Stone's sentence, but rather, to pardon Mr. Stone.

If President Trump allows Mr. Stone to be jailed, the president will appear at best inept or impotent — and at worse both.

Heading into a re-election where his eventual socialist Democrat opponent will impugn the president as a corrupt demagogue who has bungled legislative bi-partisan opportunities on infrastructure and lowering prescription drug prices, allowing Mr. Stone to be jailed for "covering up" as Judge Jackson described at the Stone sentence, would give further credence to his opponent’s narrative that the president was illegimately elected by ill-gotten gains in 2016.

While the president has both spoken and tweeted about the miscarriage of justice which Mr. Stone has faced by the Mueller Office of U.S. Special Counsel, he is surely facing opposition in both the West Wing and at the Justice Department (DOJ).

His own Attorney General William Barr, who bungled prosecution’s sentencing memo submissions, has taken the insubordinate step of publicly rebuking the president’s comments on the Stone prosecution, calling it a "righteous prosecution," while also threatening to resign if the president continues to tweet about ongoing investigations and prosecutions — or lack thereof.

And while the attorney general tries to hold the president at bay with the so-called "John Durham Criminal Probe," nothing in the attorney general’s record up to date, whether it is the lack of indictments on Andy McCabe for lying or James Comey for the mishandling of classified information, should give either the president or his supporters any confidence that Barr will be any different than his predecessors in holding the corrupt Obama election meddlers accountable.

The president’s own West Wing has not only publicly advocated against a Stone pardon, albeit anonymously, but even legitimized the selective, arbitrary, and malicious prosecution.

In a Politico article earlier this month, a "White House official" was quoted on the "condition of anonymity" saying a Stone pardon is "not necessary. Because (Mr. Stone) committed serious crimes"

This gutless, political ignoramus is a misinformed incompetent who should learn presidential politics in order to keep their real estate on the public dole.

If the president allows Stone to be jailed, the president not only legitimizes the Mueller investigation but also the notion that any of his 2016 campaign’s actions were illicit and need to be covered up.

The president will also face pushback on a Stone pardon from his own advisers and milk-toast Republicans on Capitol Hill — the same senators who have yet to call either the whistleblower or Joe and Hunter Biden to publicly testify.

They will argue that if the president is intent on acting, then the president should "split the difference" and simply commute Mr. Stone as opposed to issuing a full pardon. This "political bargain" is also pollical suicide.

A commutation of Mr. Stone gives credence to the Mueller prosecution and Judge Jackson’s premise that Mr. Stone "covered up" for the president and is simply being selectively rewarded because of his long personal and professional relationship — which spans forty years — with the president. Further, a commutation legitimizes the verdict of the tainted and bias jury Mr. Stone was forced to face in the District of Columbia.

In sum, anything less than a Stone pardon would be a sign of weakness by the president.

It would show that he is not willing to fully defy the claptrap of Washington, D.C. which selectively picks winners and loser. Allowing Stone to be jailed is a great talking point in the all-important presidential debates this October.

It would also allow the Comey-Mueller cabal to have their pound of flesh.

The president is giving every indication that he will use his constitutional authority to rectify the abuse of power Mr. Stone has suffered for simply being a loyal friend and long-time advocate of a Trump presidency. But actions speak louder than words. When push comes to shove, and Mr. Stone will be forced to surrender to himself for jail, will the president stand up and do what is right or be kowtowed by his quasi-loyalist brain trust? Time will only tell.

Sam Nunberg is an attorney and political strategist with a focus on communications, messaging, and persuasive narratives. In 2008, he was an adviser to Gov. Mitt Romney with a focus on grassroots coalitions and conservative outreach. From 2011 until mid-2015, Mr. Nunberg served as a political and public affairs adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump. For more of his reports, Click Here Now.

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When push comes to shove, and Mr. Stone will be forced to surrender to himself for jail, will the president stand up and do what is right or be kowtowed by his quasi-loyalist brain trust? Time will only tell.
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