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Trump balked at full pardon for Roger Stone over fears of Justice Department ‘backlash’: CNN legal analyst

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President Donald Trump’s former political strategist Roger Stone claims that he asked for a commutation of his prison sentence, rather than a full pardon, because a pardon would have implied an acknowledgement of guilt whereas a commutation would still allow him to seek for the original conviction to be thrown out.

But on CNN Saturday, criminal defense attorney Page Pate suggested it may have played out differently: Stone may have actually wanted a full pardon, but Trump was spooked out of offering one.

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“Page, this situation, I guess, is not entirely surprising. It’s been signaled for some time,” said correspondent Abby Phillip. “But what is different about this, I think a lot of people were expecting a pardon here. Roger Stone said he wanted his sentence commuted because he didn’t want to admit guilt. What is the significance of that?”

“Well, Abby, that’s a good point. I don’t think anyone has discussed it yet,” said Pate. “I am certain that Mr. Stone would have expected a full pardon. I expect the pardon here, Trump said, look, I’m not going to wipe away the conviction entirely, I’m going to get too much backlash from the Department of Justice prosecutors, the people on the front lines, so I’m going to commute the sentence. Now, the idea that Stone can still appeal his conviction, that’s true, but there’s nothing about that conviction that I can see that will be successful on appeal and result in a new trial. So I think it was a compromise by the White House.”

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West Virginia senator slams Trump’s postmaster general for threatening post office closures in rural areas

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On CNN Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) laid into Louis DeJoy, the controversial GOP megadonor just appointed to serve as President Donald Trump's postmaster general amid fears he will try to sabotage the Postal Service for personal gain or to block mail-in votes.

"There is talk, Senator, of the Post Office being told to cut back on deliveries or change the way they operate," said anchor John Berman. "This in the middle of the pandemic. This with an election 90 some days away. What does that say to you?"

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‘I could have died’: Arizona Trump voters beg friends to take COVID seriously after getting hospitalized

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A pair of Arizona residents who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are now imploring their friends to not make the same mistake they did when they refused to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

In an interview with CNN, Debi and Michael Patterson told reporter Omar Jimenez that they laughed off public health recommendations about protecting themselves against the disease.

"It was almost like a joke in our group of friends," Debi Patterson explained.

"Did you wear a mask?" Jimenez asked.

"Nope," she replied.

"Did you hang out with your friends as normal?" he asked, to which she nodded her head.

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‘Incredible baby’ Trump shredded by CNN host for attacks on the late John Lewis

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President Donald Trump's interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan was still making waves on Tuesday morning, and CNN political director David Chalian called out the president for continuing to attack the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) less than one month after his passing.

During the interview, Swan asked Trump what he believed Lewis's legacy would be, and the president ranted about the civil rights icon refusing to attend his inauguration in 2017.

"I don't know John Lewis," Trump said. "He chose not to come to my inauguration."

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