Pinned to the top of President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed as of Thursday morning was a segment from Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” concerning the president’s former 2016 campaign adviser Roger Stone.
In the roughly minute-and-a-half clip, host Tucker Carlson called for the president to pardon Stone before the former campaign adviser was sentenced the following morning for “lying to Congress during the course of the Mueller investigation.”
Watch, courtesy of the president:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
“Like the Russia collusion fantasy itself, Stone’s prosecution was wholly political,” the segment began with Carlson saying. “It was a shocking insult to the American tradition of equal justice.”
“Obama appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an open Democratic partisan, allowed a former congressional candidate, a Democrat with a history of attacking Stone, to run the jury in the case.”
Judge Jackson, who’s been under scrutiny herself over her controversial history, did indeed allow a former Tennessee Democrat congressional candidate turned far-left activist serve as the jury’s foreperson.
“Then Judge Jackson stripped Stone of his First Amendment rights,” the host continued. “She threatened to send him to jail if he tried to defend himself in public. That’s why Roger Stone isn’t on this show tonight. You go to prison for it.”
Some have argued that Stone brought some of this on himself by publishing highly inflammatory posts to social media, including one that contained a pair of crosshairs juxtaposed next to a photo of Judge Jackson’s face.
Got a notification for another Roger Stone Instagram post…it’s the judge presiding over his case. And in the upper left hand corner it looks like the symbol for crosshairs. pic.twitter.com/m6IW3QznTF
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) February 18, 2019
“The whole thing is enough to shake your faith in our justice system unfortunately,” Carlson added. “President Trump could end this travesty in an instant with a pardon, and there are indications tonight that he will do that.”
“In the last 24 hours, he’s done the same for former police commissioner Bernie Kerik and financier Michael Milken. Democrats will become unhinged if Trump pardons Roger Stone, but they’re unhinged anyway.”
“What happened to Roger Stone should never happen to anyone in this country of any political party, to Democrats as well, ever,” Carlson concluded. “It’s completely immoral, it’s wrong. Fixing it is the right thing to do, and in the end, that is the only thing that matters.”
The fact that the president tweeted this clip and then pinned it to the top of his Twitter feed seems to be the most stark “indicator” that he really is pondering a pardon for Stone. Yet if he does indeed intend to pardon the former campaign official, he’ll need to do it soon.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
“Roger Stone, president Trump’s longtime friend and political confidant, faces prison at a sentencing hearing Thursday for impeding a congressional investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” The Washington Post notes.
What’s known is that the four original prosecutors on the case — all of them reportedly previously members of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s collusion delusion probe — had recommended he serve up to nine years in prison for his “process crimes.”
When Attorney General Bill Barr learned of their draconian sentence, he expressed his concerns to the prosecutors. But after news broke on Feb. 10 that the prosecutors were moving forward with the nine-year recommendation anyway, Barr vowed to take action.
“I was very surprised,” he said in an interview last week with ABC News. “And once I confirmed that that’s actually what we filed, I said that night, to my staff, that we had to get ready cause we had to do something in the morning to amend that and clarify what our position was.”
What remains known is whether Jackson will abide by the Department of Justice’s revised sentencing recommendation. The good news for Stone and his allies is that she reportedly has a track record for delivering lenient sentences.
“In the five years that ended in 2017, for example, she handed down an average prison sentence of 32 months, below the Washington district’s average of 46 months and the nationwide average of 47 months, according to court data maintained by Syracuse University,” The New York Times has confirmed.
Dovetailing back to Carlson’s plea, it wasn’t his first. In his original plea last week, he reiterated his call for Stone to be pardoned but also provided a detailed rundown of the case against him.
“Prosecutors claim that Stone lied about communicating with a former stand-up comedian called Randy Credico, a man whose role in the story was so minor that it’s already been lost to history,” he said. “For this offense, prosecutors say, Stone, who is 67 years old and has no criminal record, must spend up to nine years in prison.”
“Now for perspective on that sentence, the typical rapist in this country spends four years in prison, armed robbers three years, thugs who commit violent assault less than a year and a half. But Roger Stone must do nine years until he is 76 years old. For lying.”
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He then juxtaposed the left’s raging desire to warehouse Stone in prison with their “fashionable” interest in extending leniency to “sex offenders and drug dealers and other predators – serious predators.”
“It’s compassionate, they’re telling us,” Carlson noted. “Yet somehow, nobody in D.C. is telling us that compassion ought to extend to Roger Stone, who’s guilty of non-violent political offenses. Notice the opposite. The usual moralizers seem gleeful at the thought Stone will die in a cell.”
As of Thursday, they were even “gleeful” than usual.
Roger Stone gets sentenced in a few hours. Stone deserves the maximum sentence, and no pardon—ever. Period.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 20, 2020
Hey kids! Rest up!
Tomorrow Roger Stone gets sentenced.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 20, 2020
— Pappy (@PappyAlex) February 20, 2020
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