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

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE has the authority to pardon associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Appeals court denies Stone's motion to delay prison sentence 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 McCabeShowtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump Lisa Page joins MSNBC as legal analyst McCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe 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 SchiffDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted on Thursday.