Rep. Gaetz: President Trump should pardon Roger Stone, no limit to pardoning power

File – Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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UPDATED 11:52 AM PT — Thursday, February 20, 2020

According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), President Trump should pardon Roger Stone. Gaetz put in his two cents on the trial during an appearance on “The View” Thursday ahead of Stone’s sentencing for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

The Florida lawmaker’s response drew criticism from host Megan McCain, but the congressman maintained that the president’s pardoning power is unlimited. He also noted that former Democrat presidents used their pardoning power significantly more than President Trump has.

Rep. Gaetz said there’s been a “double standard” in the country regarding unjust sentencing and remarked that officials like Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe “have not faced consequences.”

Meanwhile, President Trump said Stone was treated unfairly and has hinted at a possible pardon.

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Roger Stone sentenced to 3 years, 4 months in prison

Roger Stone arrives for his sentencing at federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Roger Stone, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, faces sentencing on his convictions for witness tampering and lying to Congress. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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UPDATED 10:47 AM PT — Thursday, February 20, 2020

Roger Stone will spend 40 months behind bars and will also pay a $20,000 fine for witness tampering and lying to Congress.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down the sentence Thursday amid controversy over the recommendation from the Department of Justice. She agreed with Attorney General William Barr that the prosecution’s original seven to nine year sentencing recommendation was excessive.

Stone was convicted of lying to Congress about his involvement in the 2016 WikiLeaks hack of DNC emails. Defense attorneys had requested a new trial based on juror bias and Judge Jackson said she will consider that request. Stone currently remains free on bond.

FILE – Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Meanwhile, President Trump said Stone was treated unfairly and has hinted at a possible pardon. On Thursday, he retweeted conservative commentator Tucker Carlson who stated there are “indications” the president was looking into a pardon.

Carlson referenced the list of 11 officials who’s sentences were commuted by the White House this week. He also referred to Stone’s case as “a shocking insult to the American tradition of equal justice” and condemned the judge in the case as an avowed Democrat.

During a press conference this week, the president called Stone’s case a “miscarriage of justice.”

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President Trump slams prosecutors in Roger Stone case, threatens lawsuit over Mueller probe

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 11:50 PM PT — Tuesday, February 18, 2020

President Trump recently slammed federal prosecutors who worked the Roger Stone case and threatened to sue everyone behind the Mueller probe.

In a string of tweets Tuesday, he said the Russia investigation was “badly tainted” and should be thrown out altogether. The president also said it was “illegally set up” based on a discredited dossier as well as forged documents to the FISA court.

The president went on to point out that Mueller lied to Congress when he said he did not come to the White House with the intention of becoming the FBI director.

Meanwhile, the federal judge overseeing the Roger Stone case has declined to delay his sentencing amid calls for a new trial. In a teleconference with prosecutors and the defense Tuesday, District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said delaying the sentencing would not be a “prudent” thing to do.

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone waits in line at the federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The judge said she’s considering holding a hearing on the request for a new trial, but added that she wasn’t sure if it was necessary.

Stone is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, however, Jackson indicated his sentence wouldn’t go into effect until after she makes a decision on the possibility of a new trial

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Judge in Roger Stone’s case schedules phone conference ahead of sentencing date

In this Feb. 21, 2019, photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The case of Roger Stone took a new turn just days ahead of his sentencing. On Sunday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson called for an on-the-record telephone conference for this coming Tuesday with attorneys from both sides. It’s not clear what the discussion will focus on.

This came amid speculation that President Trump could pardon Stone after the DOJ moved to alter its sentencing recommendation last week.

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., arrives at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Meanwhile, some Republican senators said Stone is facing a disproportionately tough sentence.

“Roger Stone is pretty good at bad decisions and nobody would confuse him with Alexander Hamilton,” stated Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “Being, Mr. Stone’s status as a chucklehead is not a criminal act.”

The upcoming conference comes after Stone’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial last week amid allegations of potential juror bias.

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Attorneys for Roger Stone request new trial

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court for the second day of jury selection for his federal trial, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Roger Stone is requesting a new trial again. Stone’s attorneys did not say why they filed the motion on Friday.

However, the request came one day after his team was investigating whether there had been potential bias by a juror who voted to convict him in November.

Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart revealed her role in the trial over social media this week. Reports said she once ran for Congress as a Democrat and has a history of anti-Trump bias.

Her Twitter account is rife with negative stories and comments against the president and his party. She has called Republicans racist, participated in protests against the administration and, in one tweet, shared a quote referring to President Trump as the “Klan president.”

In a tweet, President Trump said the juror’s bias, combined with other issues, doesn’t make the department look good.

He previously criticized the trial, which he said is being run by “corrupt people.” The president also claimed Stone was treated unfairly and questioned why top FBI officials haven’t been charged in relation to the Mueller probe.

“They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail? It’s a disgrace. In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals. The people that launched the scam investigation, what they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Reports said it’s unclear if Stone’s request for a new trial will delay his sentencing, which is set for February 20th.

Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress in November, had a prior request for a new trial rejected earlier this week.

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President Trump calls out juror in Roger Stone case

Photo of Tomeka Hart via Twitter.

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UPDATED 4:35 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

President Trump continues to criticize the Justice Department’s handling of the case against Roger Stone. In a tweet, the president said it looks like the foreperson in the jury has significant bias.

He said this issue, combined with others, is not making things look good for the Department of Justice.

Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart revealed her role in the trial over social media this week.

Reports said she once ran for Congress as a Democrat and has a history of anti-Trump bias. Her Twitter account is rife with negative stories and comments against the president and his party.

She has called Republicans racist, participated in protests against the administration and, in one tweet, shared a quote referring to President Trump as the “Klan president.”

Hart recently defended the four prosecutors who withdrew from the Stone case.

“It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors,” she wrote on Facebook. “They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity and respect for our system of justice.”

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump scorned those prosecutors during a briefing at the White House on Wednesday.

“They ought to go back to school and learn because, I’ll tell you what, the way they treated people, nobody should be treated like that,” he said.

The president previously criticized the trial, which he said is being run by “corrupt people.” He also claimed Stone was treated unfairly and questioned why top FBI officials haven’t been charged in relation to the Mueller probe.

“They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail? It’s a disgrace. In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals. The people that launched the scam investigation, what they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Rep. Swalwell: Impeachment over Roger Stone intervention an option

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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UPDATED 10:12 AM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

According to congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), impeachment is still not off the table after the Justice Department intervened on behalf of Republican operative Roger Stone.

In an interview Wednesday, the California lawmaker said he agreed with Stone’s sentence and he shouldn’t be treated differently than anyone else who went to trial.

Swalwell said he’s concerned about the ability of judges and prosecutors to work independently. He added, ultimately it will be up to the voters in November. However, impeachment over the Stone issue is still an option.

“We don’t wake up in the morning wanting to impeach him,” stated Swalwell. “…but we’re not going to let him just torch this democracy because he thinks that he’s been let off once and we’re not going to do something about it.”

Democrats have reportedly called for new investigations and oversight into President Trump, but they are ultimately struggling to figure out what to do next after their impeachment effort failed last week.

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