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Roger Stone Clemency Latest Example Of Trump Rewarding His Friends, Scholars Say

Added 07-12-20 01:07:02pm EST - “The Founding Fathers intended the presidential pardon power to protect the national interest. Leading clemency experts question Trump's use of his authority.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Roger Stone Clemency Latest Example Of Trump Rewarding His Friends, Scholars Say”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone on Friday, just days before he was set to report to prison. Scholars say Trump's clemencies have rewarded friends and allies. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone on Friday, just days before he was set to report to prison. Scholars say Trump's clemencies have rewarded friends and allies.

President Trump issued his first pardon in August 2017, just about seven months into his presidency. Three years and three dozen clemencies later, some patterns have emerged.

One clear pattern is Trump's tendency to grant clemency to prominent political figures and people who have shown loyalty to him, clemency scholars say. That propensity was on full display on Friday, as Trump commuted the sentence of former campaign adviser Roger Stone. Stone was just days away from beginning a 40-month prison term for lying to lawmakers investigating Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

"Modern presidents have sullied clemency through disuse (both Bushes) and occasional self-serving grants (Clinton)," Mark Osler, a law professor and clemency scholar at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, told NPR via email. "However, no president has ever used clemency primarily to reward friends and political allies" — until Trump.

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