Graham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators introduce bill aimed at protecting Ukrainian civilians Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death MORE has the authority to pardon associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneOath Keeper charges renew attention on Trump orbit Democrats differ over how Biden should handle Jan. 6 anniversary Alex Jones suing Pelosi and Jan. 6 panel, planning to plead the Fifth MORE or reduce his 40-month prison sentence. 
 
"Under our system of justice President Trump has all the legal authority in the world to review this case, in terms of commuting the sentence or pardoning Mr. Stone for the underlying offense," Graham wrote in a string of tweets about Stone.

Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Stone to three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering. 

The sentencing follows more than a week of intense scrutiny over the case after the Justice Department decided to overrule frontline federal prosecutors and ask for a sentence of "far less" than the original seven to nine years recommended. 

Graham, a close ally of Trump's, noted that the Stone sentence was on the lower end of the sentencing guidelines of the crimes he has been convicted of. 

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"It is important to give both the government and the accused a fair trial free from influence," he said. "I believe this has been accomplished in Mr. Stone’s case.

"Like all Americans, Mr. Stone can appeal the fairness of his trial and the verdict rendered," he added. 

The potential that Trump could pardon Stone has hung over the courtroom drama. 

The president said publicly this week that he hasn't given it any thought, but a round of high-profile pardons and commutations this week was seen by many as a message intended for Stone and other Trump associates facing prison time.
 
 
"I would agree that Roger Stone should be pardoned, if for no other reason than there has been a double standard in this country where people like Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe's settlement with the Department of Justice is a signal to John Durham Trump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE ... have not faced consequences," he said. 
 
Democrats, however, have publicly warned Trump against pardoning Stone. 
 
"His sentence is justified. It should go without saying, but to pardon Stone when his crimes were committed to protect Trump would be a breathtaking act of corruption," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted on Thursday.