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Roger Stone ‘Praying Fervently’ For Trump To Commute His Sentence, Pardon Him

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In an exclusive interview with “The Sara Carter Show” Thursday, Trump-ally Roger Stone asked President Donald Trump for a commutation of his “deep state sentence.” Stone, who was convicted and sentenced to 40 months in prison in February for witness intimidation and lying to Congress about the debunked Russian collusion investigation, is set to report to prison next Tuesday, June 30.

Stone told Carter that his fight for freedom now rests in the President’s hands. “Look, this is going to be up to the President,” he said. “In my opinion, I believe that Judge Jackson will rule against me. I believe that I think the only person at that juncture who can save me is, the President through an act of clemency, either a commutation of my sentence, which would be fine, or perhaps a pardon. But, you know, either one works for me.”

Stone added that he’s “happy to fight this out in my appeal,” but if the public wants to help they can sign a petition to the President at ‘FreeRogerStone.com’ and help alleviate the $2 million financial burden of his legal battle at ‘stonedefensefund.com.’ Additionally, he said, his family fund at ‘StoneFamilyFund.com’ was established to help his family pay their rent, groceries, and gasoline.

“65,000 Great Americans have stepped forward to help me finance this epic struggle for freedom against the Deep State,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I think it’s going to be in the President’s lap that he is the only one who can save me, and I’m just praying fervently that he will do the right thing,” Stone explained. “Based on his tweets, he knows that I have been subjected to a miscarriage of justice. He knows that there was jury corruption and the bias of the judge in my case. He knows the judge attacked him repeatedly in her sentencing remarks. In this diatribe at the end of my trial, so to the extent that people can, please, Mr President, I’m going to need your help. I’m praying fervently for it. I think at the end of the day, I’m praying the President will do the right thing.”

But, Stone, 67, who has been fighting to clear his name in the courts, says he’s not only concerned with what his “wrongful” conviction could mean for the future of the justice system in this country, but he’s also fearful over going to prison during a pandemic as a person with a history of underlying health conditions and someone who is classified as an at-risk age category.

Stone highlighted that because of his age, he is considered at high risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus, which is spreading throughout the country and in prisons, which are considered hotbeds for it.

In some cases, nonviolent criminals are being released from prison to serve their sentences from home. That includes Michael Avenatti, porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, who was released in April to serve 90 days of what could be up to a 20-year sentence from home. Avenatti was found guilty on all charges of extorting $25 million from athletic brand Nike.

Similarly, former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen were released to serve their sentences from home in May. The moves followed an order by Attorney General William Barr, who directed the Bureau of Prisons to release “vulnerable” inmates deemed nonviolent in the midst of a pandemic.

“It’s really extraordinary,” Stone said. “So Michael Cohen, who was the convicted, you know, who pled to tax evasion and other crimes and then became an anti-trump witness for Mueller. He’s been sprung on home confinement. Rick Gates, Manafort’s ex-partner, lied at my trial under oath that will come out an appeal if I live that long. He has been sprung on home confinement, but it’s 67 years old with a history of asthma and a few other underlying health issues. They have told me that I must report to a prison in Jesup, Georgia, next Tuesday. No later than noon.”

Stone continued, “Flynn filed an earlier emergency motion with Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who presided over his case and who Stone says “showed great hostility to me, who attacked me personally in her closing sentencing remarks,” in what stone added was “A 55-minute tirade in which she said him all of the things. There was nothing phony about the Mueller investigation. Wrong, you were convicted of lying to cover up for Donald Trump. That is not what I was charged with or what I was convicted of.”

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WSJ: Corporate Dirty Pool in Washington’s Senate Race

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The Wall Street Journal’s,  Kimberly A. Strassel wrote a piece identifying how the Democrats are so worried about Washington Senator Patty Murray’s re-election “that Seattle’s corporate heavyweights are playing dirty pool on her behalf.”

Murray, a leftwing progressive, has faced little competition while in office; until now. Tiffany Smiley, a Republican nurse and entrepreneur “is pummeling Ms. Murray from every direction and laying out her own detailed reform agenda” adds the WSJ.

A RealClearPolitics average has Ms. Murray winning by 8 points. Another poll has Smiley within 2 points. Regardless, It’s close enough that “Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently transferred $500,000 of his own campaign cash to Ms. Murray’s campaign.”

Money from Schumer isn’t the only liberal panic dough. “Starbucks, the Seattle Times and the Seattle Seahawks—are actively attempting to sabotage the Smiley campaign, albeit in a distinctly underhanded fashion” writes the WSJ. “Their targets are two effective Smiley campaign ads.”

At the center of the fight are two of Smiley’s ads: “Game Day” and “Cup of Coffee.”

Strassel reports:

In “Game Day” the Republican is in a kitchen preparing to watch a football game, hitting Ms. Murray and Democrats for the spiraling cost of food. In “Cup of Coffee,” she stands in front of a derelict building. Barely visible at the top, and seen backward, is the store’s faded Starbucks sign. Ms. Smiley hits Ms. Murray for rising crime, while the ad flashes two Seattle Times headlines, one of which reads: “Starbucks to Close 5 Seattle Stores Over Safety Concerns.”

“Game Day” hit the airwaves Sept 1. Five days later, according to documents I obtained, the Smiley campaign received a terse email from the Seahawks claiming a trademark violation. The ad briefly shows Ms. Smiley’s husband, Scotty—a retired U.S. Army Ranger who was blinded by shrapnel in Iraq—expressing alarm that “even beer” prices are rising. You only see his shoulders above a tall couch—and if you get a magnifying glass you might make out a letter or two from the word “Seahawks.” The letter insisted the Smiley campaign “immediately cease” its “unauthorized commercial use.” Nothing like your local sports franchise dumping cease-and-desist orders on wounded veterans.

“Cup of Coffee” went live on Sept. 20. The next day, the Seattle Times sent an email to the “Jane Smiley” campaign—apparently without running it past its fact-checking desk—accusing it of “unauthorized use of The Seattle Times logo and two headlines” in violation of the paper’s “copyright and trademark.” It demanded the campaign remove any references to the paper not only in its own ad, but in an NBC News article about the ad’s launch.

Two days later, Starbucks sent a certified letter saying the campaign was appropriating its intellectual property, and complaining it might “create an unfounded association in the minds of consumers between Starbucks and your campaign.” It insisted the campaign either pull the ad or alter it to strip both the (barely visible, backward) sign and the Seattle Times headline referencing Starbucks.

One such letter may be the product of an overzealous lawyer, but three in a row looks like more than a coincidence. One might even wonder if some Murray staffer was putting bugs in Seattle business leaders’ ears. And while corporate political-action committees routinely play politics by making donations, it’s something else for individual companies to go to bat for a candidate via behind-the-scenes threats based on tenuous legal claims. These letters were bound to cost the Smiley campaign money and headaches and might have pushed it off the airwaves.

The campaign didn’t roll over. It made a painless accommodation to the “Game Day” ad, blurring the jersey colors to obscure anything distinct. In a legal letter sent Thursday to Starbucks, the campaign rebutted the company’s infringement claims, running through political speech protections and noting that no reasonable person would ever think a factual ad about shuttered Starbucks stores amounted to a coffee-chain endorsement. It suggested Starbucks focus on its own problems, like its recent union woes.

The Seattle Times also received a letter refuting its claims, but it got something in addition. The Smiley campaign on Thursday filed a Federal Election Commission complaint, charging the paper with providing the Murray campaign a prohibited in-kind contribution. It turns out that Ms. Murray has also used a Seattle Times headline in her ads. Her “First 2016 Ad” sports the newspaper’s logo under the headline: “Patty Murray’s and Paul Ryan’s Teamwork Is a Model for Congress.” It seems the Times has a different legal standard for candidates it endorses.

As the FEC complaint notes, the Smiley campaign would have to spend an estimated $5,000 to remove and update the ad—“costs that Patty Murray does not have to accrue.” It cites FEC regulations that provide “if a corporation makes its resources available for free, it must do so for all candidates.”

Don’t expect the Seattle corporate set to do anything on behalf of Ms. Smiley soon. But it shouldn’t be too much to ask that they do their politicking straight—and out in the open.

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