Lawlessness continues as Trump commutes a sentence and pardons others prior to the Thursday sentencing of Roger Stone.
Trump’s celebrity pardoning of Bernard Kerik and Eddie de Bartolo Jr. is an attempt to media-frame the Stone pardon as well as Trump’s possible self-pardon.
It also draws attention from demands for AG Barr’s resignation.
2/ After then-Sen. Obama was elected to the White House, Blago tried to sell the seat.
On one recording he said: Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve got this thing and itÃ¢ÂÂs f@#$ing golden. And IÃ¢ÂÂm just not giving it up for f@#$ing nothing.Ã¢ÂÂ
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 18, 2020
Trump has floated the Rod Blagojevich pardon repeatedly. At fundraiser last year at his Chicago hotel, he polled the room on whether he should do it, taking some donors by surprise.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 18, 2020
HereÃ¢ÂÂs a great Jon Stewart interview of Rod Blagojevich. Some people drew parallels between BlagojevichÃ¢ÂÂs conduct and what Trump was accused of re Ukraine. https://t.co/l9WkWLScyP
— Ross Garber (@rossgarber) February 18, 2020
Who is Rod Blagojevich? What to know about the former Illinois governor who Donald Trump is freeing from prison https://t.co/bVlF843agn
— Chicago Breaking News (@ChicagoBreaking) February 18, 2020
Leave Blago aside for a moment. He at least served prison time.
What is the possible justification for DeBartolo, who served no time and paid a $400k bribe in $100 bills?
There is no possible argument that the sentence was too harsh or the crime ambiguous.
— John Nevelten (@NeveltenJohn) February 18, 2020