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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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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