Mere days before his prison sentence was set to begin, Roger Stone is expected to have his sentence commuted by President Donald Trump, following a months-long battle by Stone for commutation. The President has said his trial should have been deemed a mistrial.
Fox News reported that the president could sign a commutation of Stone’s sentence as soon as Friday evening.
The longtime political operative was sentenced to more than three years in prison for a slew of charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion — Stone says he is “wrongly convicted.”
Stone’s trial was widely criticized as a forewoman had anti-Trump and anti-Stone posts on her social media pages, showing her actions on the jury were blatantly poltiical.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson, during her reading of pre-written notes for the sentencing of Stone, read claims and charges against him that had nothing whatsoever to do with Russia nor the charges he was actually facing. Instead, she claimed it was about Stone’s belligerence — though he never testified — and she claimed that his motivation was to cover up for President Trump, despite this never being charged in the case. Evidence was never displayed in the trial, yet she named it as reason for the hefty sentence.
The longtime-Trump advocate told Sara Carter his only crime was not rolling over on President Trump — he refused to fabricate stories about the President, according to Stone, and this is why the full force of the FBI was used against him.
Stone was ordered to report to a medium-security facility in Jesup, Georgia next week — the same prison just released multiple child pornograpahers over concerns of COVID-19. Yet, the 67-year-old Stone lost his bid for serving his sentence at home — he told the Sara Carter Show this was a “death sentence” as he has pre-existing conditions and is highly vulnerable to the virus.
Trump recently said it was ‘incredible’ that It ‘wasn’t declared a mistrial or more.”
Stone was arrested by 29 heavily-armed officers, including the aquatic team, with weapons drawn in the early morning of Jan 25, 2019. Nevermind the fact that Stone is elderly and his wife is deaf, Mueller and his time felt the sleeping Stone was a threat big enough for a massive arrest — all captured by a CNN team camped in front of his Florida property.
Stone recently told the Sara Carter Show exclusively that he was “praying fervently” for a commutation of his sentence. He said his fate was solely in his longtime friend President Donald Trump’s hands.
It looks like his prayers have been answered and justice was finally served in the case of Roger Stone.
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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan
Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.
“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.
The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”
Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act, which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.
But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”
The legal brief also adds:
“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”
Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.
The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:
“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.
The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.
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