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Report: Trump considering pardon for Steve Bannon

President Donald Trump is considering issuing a pardon for his former adviser, Steve Bannon, according to a new report.

What are the details?

Politico reported the claim Friday, citing “two sources familiar with the matter” while noting that Bannon “was charged with swindling donors to a private crowdsourcing effort to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News Network, and three others linked to the “We Build the Wall” campaign were arrested in August over allegations that they defrauded donors in the initiative and siphoned off funds from the $25 million haul for personal use. Bannon called the indictment “a political hitjob.”

Following Bannon’s arrest, Trump distanced himself from the former White House aide, saying of the “We Build the Wall” effort, “When I read about it, I didn’t like it. I said, ‘This is for government; this isn’t for private people.’ And is sounded to me like showboating.”

Politico also pointed out that after Bannon was fired from the White House in 2017, Trump said he had “lost his mind.”

According to Bloomberg, Bannon and Trump have been in talks in recent weeks. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the outlet reported that the president sought Bannon’s “counsel on his campaign to overturn his re-election defeat.”

Trump has issued pardons to a number of allies in recent months, including former campaign advisers Roger Stone and George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn—all of whom remain outspoken advocates for the president.

Along with Trump, Bannon has faced censorship from Big Tech since the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building by a mob of pro-Trump protesters that led to the president being impeached a second time by the Democrat-controlled House.

The siege occurred following a “Save America” march where Trump spoke to the crowd about the election being “stolen” from him. ABC News reported that Bannon, Stone, and Flynn all had links to groups promoting the rally.

Bannon’s “War Room” YouTube channel was removed last week, while President Trump has been hit with a permanent ban from Twitter and an indefinite suspension from Facebook and other platforms.

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Trump’s 44 uses of clemency powers seen as a bad thing by critics. Obama granted clemency nearly 2,000 times.

When President Donald Trump announced that he would be issuing a pardon for retired Gen. Michael Flynn, a longtime Trump ally and former national security adviser for the Trump administration, the president’s opponents ripped the move as an alleged abuse of the president’s clemency powers.

Criticism of Trump’s use clemency for allies is nothing new. Many observers were upset when he pardoned former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2017 for targeting Hispanics while searching for illegal aliens.

With so much alleged abuse of the presidential clemency power, the average news consumer could be excused for thinking that President Trump might have racked up a massive number of pardons (forgiving crimes and restoring civil rights) and commutations (reducing sentences for convictions) over the last four years.

But that estimation would be wrong, as a recent report from Pew Research pointed out.

The real numbers

The truth is that Trump has granted clemency only 44 times, Pew reported.. He has granted 28 pardons and 16 commutations. The president has granted less than 0.5% of all clemency requests.

Trump critics might not like whom the president has pardoned and why, but the Constitution grants him — and every president — the power to do so.

And he’s a piker compared to his predecessor.

President Barack Obama issued clemency 1,927 times — including 212 pardons and 1,715 commutations.

And many of Obama’s clemency moves were seen extremely controversial at the time, Pew noted:

But Trump is far from the only president who has faced scrutiny over his use of clemency. Obama’s frequent use of commutations, particularly for prisoners convicted of drug-related crimes, prompted criticism from Republicans, who said it benefited “an entire class of offenders” and infringed on the “lawmaking authority” of the legislative branch.

Defenders of President Obama’s use of clemency power will note that Obama granted only 5.3% of all requests.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story. There was a spike in the total number of requests during the eight years of the Obama presidency — 36,544 — nearly three times the previous record number of requests, which was set in 12 years of the Franklin Roosevelt administration.

The reason for the spike, as Pew noted, was that the Obama administration actively encouraged prisoners to request pardons and commutations. They even set up a program called “the Clemency Initiative.”

This massive increase in the number of petitions drove down Obama’s requests-granted rate.

More from Pew:

Obama’s relatively low percentage, however, is largely due to the fact that his administration encouraged federal prisoners to apply for leniency under a program known as the Clemency Initiative. The program, which launched in April 2014 and ended in 2017 when Obama left office, allowed “qualified federal inmates” – those who met certain Justice Department criteria – to apply to have their prison sentences commuted. The initiative led to a surge in petitions and helps explain why Obama’s use of clemency tilted so heavily toward sentence commutations, rather than pardons.

Overall, Obama received more than 36,000 clemency petitions during his time in office, by far the largest total of any president on record. Petitions have declined considerably during Trump’s tenure.

Prior to President Trump, the lowest rate of clemency requests granted was came during the George W. Bush presidency (2%).

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BREAKING: Michael Flynn granted full pardon by President Donald Trump

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been granted a full pardon by President Donald Trump, just in time for the holidays.

What are the details?

“It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” the president tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”

The day before, Axios cited two sources who said the president had plans to pardon the retired Army lieutenant general, who was prosecuted under special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion.

Flynn originally pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over conversations he had with a Russian envoy, but then withdrew his guilty plea and insisted on his innocence after obtaining a new legal team — led by attorney Sidney Powell — who produced a cache of evidence suggesting Flynn was targeted.

The Department of Justice then moved to drop the case, but presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan has refused to do so. Now, the case is over after years of court battles.

Prominent conservatives hailed the decision. Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted in response to the news, “Happy Thanksgiving to General Flynn and the Flynn Family. The way this war hero and his family were treated by the Government of the US, the deep state, and democrats has been a repulsive injustice. After 4 years of hell, they can rebuild their lives. This can never happen again.”

Meanwhile, high-profile Democrats expressed outrage, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — who led the impeachment proceedings against Trump — tweeting, “Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered up for him. This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians. It’s no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in — Crooked to the end.”

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President Trump plans to pardon Michael Flynn: Reports

President Donald Trump is planning to issue a pardon to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to multiple reports.

What are the details?

Axios’ Jonathan Swan first reported in an exclusive story Tuesday night that the president “has told confidants he plans to pardon” Flynn, citing “two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions.” Swan added that sources also said “Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.”

Flynn has spent years battling the government in court, exhausting his resources and even being forced to sell his home after becoming a target of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion claims. The
Washington Examiner noted that Flynn “pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI investigators about his December 2016 conversations with a Russian envoy.”

Flynn sought to withdraw his guilty plea and claimed his innocence after obtaining a new legal team led by attorney Sidney Powell, who uncovered a cache of exculpatory evidence, and the Department of Justice moved to drop its prosecution of the retired Army lieutenant general.

But Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is presiding over the case, has refused to let it go and continues his fight to carry through with prosecution.

The Examiner’s Daniel Chaitin tweeted after the Axios news story, “Fox News’s Gregg Jarrett says just now Michael Flynn ‘doesn’t want a pardon. He wanted full exoneration and the case dismissed.’ He goes on to say ‘it’s clear’ the presiding judge, Emmet Sullivan, is trying to run out the clock till Biden takes office and says Trump should pardon.”

Fox News also reportedly “confirmed” the president’s plans.

Anything else?

CNN cited three sources in reporting White House discussion of a possible Flynn pardon, adding, “However, those sources cautioned that Trump could change his mind about making such a move. There have been discussions about pardoning multiple people in the President’s orbit.”

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Trump Offered Assange A Pardon In Exchange For His Source, Assange Declined

There is still some integrity in the human race.  Julian Assange was offered a pardon from President Donald Trump in exchange for giving up the source of the Democratic National Convention emails that he leaked.  Assange declined the offer refusing to throw his source under the bus.

Assange’s defense revealed the pardon deal to a court in London on Friday, where the WikiLeaks founder is currently fighting extradition to the United States. Should he lose, he will be tried for espionage offenses and could face 175 years behind bars, according to a report by RT. 

Assange has literally declined the offer to stop the brutal torture he’s enduring in London in order to protect his source. Defense lawyer Jennifer Robinson told the court that former US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and another Trump campaign associate, Charles Johnson, offered a pardon if Assange were to reveal the source of the emails, which are widely considered to have helped Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

“Rohrabacher proposed a ‘win-win’ situation,” Robinson said.

“Assange can get ‘get on with his life’ – a pardon in exchange for information about the source.”

“Information from Mr Assange about the source of the DNC leaks would be of value to Mr. Trump,” she added, paraphrasing Rohrabacher and Johnson. –RT. 

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The source of the Democratic National Committee emails remains a mystery, however, there is an abundance of evidence to suggest it was Seth Rich who was mysteriously murdered.  Opponents of both Assange and Trump have pinned the blame on “Russian hackers”, yet Assange himself has gone on record as saying that Russia was not the source.

The espionage charges against Assange stem from WikiLeaks’ publication in 2010 of a tranche of documents revealing U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. The documents were leaked by former soldier Chelsea Manning, who was imprisoned from 2010 until her sentence was commuted in 2017.

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In first interview free from gag rule, Roger Stone says his prison sentence will likely kill him

Roger Stone claimed that he was being wrongly persecuted in the first interview free from a gag rule after he was denied a new trial on Thursday.

The former Trump campaign official and longtime friend to President Donald Trump talked to Tucker Carlson on his Fox News show on Friday.

“I’ll just get right to it. I’m a little bit confused by why with all the pardons going around, everyone I’ve ever met has been pardoned, you haven’t been by a White House that has done a lot to push criminal justice reform and let a lot of really bad people out of jail in the name of humanitarian concerns, but you’re not in that category,” said Carlson. “Why is that, do you think?”

“Well, I really don’t know, Tucker, I was very hopeful that the motion for a mistrial in my case based on flagrant and blatant, even egregious juror misconduct would have won me a new trial,” responded Stone.

Stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison over charges from the investigation into Russian election interference, and his request for a new trial was denied after allegations that the jury foreman was biased against him and the president.

He was convicted on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress.

“At this point, the judge has ordered me to surrender in two weeks, and at 67 years old, with some underlying health problems, including a history of asthma, I believe with the coronavirus, it is essentially a death sentence!” he claimed.

“Well of course it is,” agreed Carlson, who called it the “most corrupt political criminal justice proceeding” he had ever seen and that Bob Dylan should be writing a song about Stone.

“Tucker, I wasn’t prosecuted because I was covering anything up for the president, I was prosecuted because I refused to bear false witness against the president,” claimed Stone.

Stone had previously admitted that he had communicated with WikiLeaks, the group that released hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign, but he denied that he ever colluded with Russian agents. U.S. intelligence officials say WikiLeaks is a front for Russian espionage efforts.

“I refused to dissemble, as the prosecutors wanted, about numerous phone calls between myself and candidate Trump in 2016,” Stone added.

Stone also said that he is reacquainting himself with his Catholic faith and praying for the best outcome.

Here’s the video of the interview:

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President Trump grants clemency to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, ten others

President Donald Trump granted clemency to eleven people on Tuesday, issuing pardons to seven individuals and commuting the sentences of four others, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

What are the details?

Blagojevich, a Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in 2009 before being convicted on a slew of corruption charges including his attempt to sell the vacated Senate seat of former President Barack Obama after he won the White House in 2008. The former governor began serving a 14-year sentence in 2012.

“That was a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence, in my opinion,” President Trump told reporters of Blagojevich’s sentence on Tuesday. Fox News reported that the president expressed sympathy for the toll on the former governor’s family, saying Blagojevich’s time behind bars was “Very far from his children. They rarely get to see their father outside of an orange uniform. I saw that and I did commute his sentence.”

In addition to Blagojevich, President Trump commuted the sentences of non-violent offenders Tynice Nichole Hall, Judith Negron, and Crystal Munoz, who has been in prison for 12 years and still maintains her innocence after being linked to small role in a marijuana smuggling ring.

President Trump also issued several pardons on Tuesday, including former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was convicted for tax fraud and making false statements, as well as financier Michael Milken “who pleaded guilty to insider trading and was barred from the securities industry in 1989,” CBS News reported.

Another high-profile pardon went to former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., according to ABC News. The outlet reported that DeBartolo “pleaded guilty in 1998 to concealing an alleged extortion plot by former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, involving the licensing of a casino.”

In addition to Kerik and DeBartolo, the president also pardoned non-violent offenders Ariel Friedler, David Safavian, Angela Stanton, and Paul Pogue, a former construction company owner convicted of underpaying his taxes.