Trump-ally Roger Stone says President Donald Trump saved his life from a “near-death” prison sentence by granting him clemency on Friday, Stone said in his first interview Monday on “Hannity” since the President announced his decision.
“I know there were many many people that told him ‘in an election year, don’t do this, let Roger Stone wait maybe for a pardon after the election.’ Sean, I don’t think I would’ve lived that long, not with my asthmatic condition, not with now 60 COVID-19 cases in that prison, ” Stone said.
“I have deep deep affection for Donald Trump because I’ve known him 40 years, he’s a man of great justice and fairness, he’s a man of enormous courage, I knew he would take some shots for this, but I think most people, most fair minded people understand. He saved my life and at least on paper, he gave me a chance to fight for vindication.”
Stone says he’s hoping to have a “fair second trial.” “Now, I’m not a fool,” Stone explained. “I’m gonna be guided by the advice of my lawyers. As I understand it, if my conviction is overturned by the Appeals court, I’d be back in front of Judge Jackson. Judge Jackson issued an incredible ruling that said that I could not raise misconduct by the Special Counsel, the FBI, the DOJ, or any member of Congress, Adam Schiff.”
Trump, on Monday, said Stone’s investigation was baseless, adding that former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former CIA Director John Brennan and others were the guilty ones who lied and altered documents to target him and the people around him. “I’m getting rave reviews for what I did for Roger Stone,” Trump said.
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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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