Pelosi Says Lawmakers Will Unveil Legislation to Curb the President’s Clemency Powers

Days after President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of former campaign aide Roger Stone, lawmakers are moving to limit his power to issue pardons or commute sentences. 

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) addressed Trump’s decision to commute Stone’s sentence and her goal to issue a curb his ability to limit his clemency powers. 

“We will have legislation that says a president cannot commute or pardon or offer clemency to anybody who commits a crime … is convicted of a crime that affects the president’s behavior and his culpability,” Pelosi said.

She added, “Again, people should know, this isn’t just about lying to Congress — that means lying to the American people — witness tampering and the rest, it’s about our national security.”

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Pelosi was asked if Trump’s decision to commute Stone’s prison sentence —which she said was an act of “staggering corruption”— is an impeachable offense. 

She responded, “It’s staggering corruption, but I think it’s important for people also to know that it’s a threat to our national security.”

In February, Stone was sentenced to three years and fourth months in prison after he was convicted on charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.

However, days before he was due to report to prison, Trump said he would commute Stone’s sentence, as IJR reported

In a statement, a White House spokesperson said, “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly … He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”

In response to the commutation of Stone’s sentence, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller penned an op-ed to defend the investigation and prosecution of Stone — and note that his criminal conviction was not expunged.

“I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office,” Mueller wrote.

He added, “The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”

Trump’s decision to commute Stone’s sentence has drawn bipartisan criticism from Congressional lawmakers. 

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said, “The president clearly has the legal and constitutional authority to grant clemency for federal crimes.”

“However, this authority should be used judiciously and very rarely by any president,” he added.

And Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) tweeted, “Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said, “I think anyone who cares about the rule of law in this country is nauseated by the fact that the president has commuted the sentence of someone who willfully lied to Congress, covered up for the president, intimidated witnesses, obstructed the investigation.”

“It shouldn’t matter whether you’re Democrat or Republican. This should be offensive to you if you care about the rule of law,” he added.

Responses

  1. Did she have a problem with Clinton’s out the door pardons, full pardons? Did she have a problem with Odumba’s 1100+ pardons? She is being short sighted because maybe if they ever get in the White House the Republicans will be returning the favors the Dems have put this president through. Or they may just actually work and save taxpayers money by not trying to bring down a duly elected president.

  2. All of these rants backs up my feeling of blowing up 90% of the people in Washington. How the founding fathers found it necessary to grant the president the power to commute/pardon is beyond me. When we get around to blowing everyone in DC up make sure the Donald is on the top of the rocket. He is without a doubt the most corrupt, ignorant, self centered person ever to hold the office of President. This man is a total embarrassment to our country. November can’t come soon enough. You don’t win an election with your approval rating below 40%.

  3. As a minor technicality, Obama issued clemency for more people than anyone since Truman. Clemency is different from pardon; Obama issued fewer pardons than any president except the two Bushes. In both cases you get out of jail.

  4. OBSIDIAN: it doesn’t take a whole bunch of pardons to be corrupt. Take the current administration, for example. A fish rots from the head down.

  5. Corruption is Obama pardoning the record number of criminals and Democrats doing nothing about it.
    Corruption is the Pelosi/Newsom/Brown/Getty crime syndicate, who have incestuously destroyed California for the last 80 years.

  6. Nancy’s bill is nonsense, unless it is an amendment to the constitution. The President has the power of unlimited pardon, written into the constitution, and well established by hundreds of year of use. No mere bill will reverse that power.

  7. Unadulterated b.s. Nancy, get yourself a life! You are a stone cold loser.

  8. Gee Nancy you’re forgetting that pesky Constitution which means this is more political posturing than actually doing something.

    Gee…does your new trillion dollar Kung Flu package include money for helping businesses destroyed by Antifa/Bellicose Lying Marxists riots?

    Goddang you are such an opportunistic, manipulative schemer. I hope the tissue implants from murdered children, err, aborted fetuses eventually fail you.

  9. “Again, people should know, this isn’t just about lying to Congress — that means lying to the American people — witness tampering and the rest, it’s about our national security.” Well, now, the Hillarrhoid, Obamanation, Rice all lied to the American public. Bill Clinton lied to a grand jury and the American Public many times as well as felonies. But, but, but, they’re Democrats so it doesn’t count.

    The New York Slime reported that Trump commuted the sentence of 11 people, all of which were connected to Trump. Well, actually, Trump has commuted the sentences of 25 people, but the NY Slime wants everyone to focus on those connected to him to make it look like it’s corruption. The real corruption was on the part of the Mueller witch hunt that brought cases against people that did questionable acts before the President was elected or the charges were BS.

    Now, if you really want to see the Pardoner in Chief, that would be the Obamanation. He gave clemency to 1,927 individuals, a figure that includes 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons. I got out my handy calcumalator and discovered that that’s over 77 times the number that Trump has granted clemency to. I don’t seem to recall the Democrats trying to pass legislation to stop that. Of course not, they’re lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

    Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said, “I think anyone who cares about the rule of law in this country is nauseated by the fact that the president has commuted the sentence of someone who willfully lied to Congress, covered up for the president, intimidated witnesses, obstructed the investigation.” “It shouldn’t matter whether you’re Democrat or Republican. This should be offensive to you if you care about the rule of law,” Apparently it matters whether it’s a Republican or Democrat that does this. The Hillarrhoid did all those things and walked away. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats. Bill Clinton lied to the people, Congress, a grand jury, committed felonies. No problem!! Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats. The Obama administration used a fake dossier financed by the Hillarrhoid and compiled by foreign agents to obtain two FISA wiretap warrants fraudulently to spy on the opposing party’s candidate and campaign illegally. No indignation, no Congressional investigation, nothing. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats. Shifty Schiff himself used a fake ‘whistleblower’ and selected ‘witnesses’ opinions to use a fake impeachment to commit a coup, reverse an election. No indignation, no complaints, nothing. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

    The walking dead and other’s comments mean nothing to me and I would believe the majority of America if they have any intelligence at all. Democrats will lie, cheat, and use corruption to attempt to steal the upcoming election through fraud and lies.

  10. “…while I respect your rights to your opinions I will call you out for grammatical errors, like your did another person. … I have a master’s in education so politely correct mistakes. You have extra comma before and 2 unnecessary apostrophes.”

    “…but have given themselves publicly paid for life healthcare, pensions after 1 term and removal from most prosecutions, e.g. Ted Kennedy killed a few drunk driving but no prison time and I’m sorry but Pelosi showing an expensive freezer filled with ice cream sure doesn’t help the average American.” Scott

    Did I spell “f..k you” correctly, Scott?

    In the meantime, maybe you can review your compostion for all of the grammatical errors YOU peppered your post with. And, yes, I am fully aware that we are not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, you pompous asshole. Sue me.

  11. 1) I think that will take a constitutional amendment since pardons are powers given the president in the constitution.

    2) Anytime the in-power party in the Congress tries to hamstring the other party, it always backfires when the shoe is on the other foot.

    Several examples of point 2) come to mind. After the Clinton impeachment trial the Democrats in Congress passed a law forbidding the release of impeachment related grand jury testimony. After the impeachment trial of Trump, the Democrats wanted Mueller to release the impeachment related grand jury testimony.

    Then there was Harry Reid enabling the nuclear option to get quick confirmation of federal judicial appointments. Then, 2 years later, Senator McConnell used Senator Reid’s tactic to get confirmation for hundreds of Trump appointments.

  12. Nancy P. – You have the little issue of the US Constitution.

    Scott (politley) – “Republican-led” is a compound adjective and thus correctly hyphenated.

  13. Phyllis, while I respect your rights to your opinions I will call you out for grammatical errors, like your did another person. Maybe I should call you a bot also.
    “Clemency is not a mistake.” Also Republican led is 2 words not hyphenated.
    I have a master’s in education so politely correct mistakes.
    You have extra comma before and 2 unnecessary apostrophes.
    It’s important to remember that everyone has an opinion and it should be respected, even if you don’t agree.
    Every career politician is a leech on society and until people remember that politicians work for us, examine all tax returns for bribery, taking $$from lobbyists is not that far from a bribe, but have given themselves publicly paid for life healthcare, pensions after 1 term and removal from most prosecutions, e.g. Ted Kennedy killed a few drunk driving but no prison time and I’m sorry but Pelosi showing an expensive freezer filled with ice cream sure doesn’t help the average American.
    It’s best to understand that both parties only exist because citizens let them.

  14. This Pelosi Pig Should be a convicted felon. Traitor, flooding the country with illegal invaders for votes. PS the Mexicans hate the gringo but they sure like that cash you shower on them for every kid they drop.

  15. It was ok when all the Democrat Presidents let their well paying Friends g,but all of a sudden if a Republican does it it is:”Lying to the People” Maybe before you jump the Gun check out the Clintons and while they will keep you busy, the Obamas.”DEMOCRATS”, YOU ARE THE MOST LAWLESS PARTY IN AMERICA”.!!!!!!!

  16. Wikipedia: “Of the acts of clemency, 1715 were commutations (including 504 life sentences) and 212 were pardons. Most individuals granted executive clemency by Obama had been convicted on drug charges, and had received lengthy and sometimes mandatory sentences at the height of the war on drugs.“
    Evidently “Super O” granted the most clemency since Truman.
    Speak up Pelosi. Why suddenly the concern? Oh, I know. It’s more hate and overreach.

  17. Not agreeing with this action but why was there no need to limit presidential clemency powers under the guise of national security when Chelsea was being pardoned by Super O?

    The old saying is more than a little correct in this instance: Timing is everything.

  18. Senator Toomey went a little further than Bradley reported in the article. In an interview with Erik Wasson of Bloomberg News, Senator Toomey said, “clemency was a ‘mistake.'” “[Stone] was duly convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction of a congressional investigation conducted by a Republican-led committee.”

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