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

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE has the authority to pardon associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn We're talking past one another: A lesson Democrats must understand 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. 


"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 McCabeTrump shakes up Justice Department, intelligence community Trump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: report Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn 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 SchiffCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Texas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Schiff: Remote voting would not compromise national security MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted on Thursday.