Pelosi wants to pass laws preventing a pardon if they broke laws protecting the president

July 11, 2020 / 736 views

Trump commuted Roger Stone's sentence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is up in arms over it. She says to Anderson Cooper of CNN, "I’m recommending that we pass a law that presidents cannot issue a pardon if the crime that the person is in jail for is one that is caused by protecting the President, which this was."

It should be noted that a commutation is different than a pardon. A commuted sentence does not remove the criminal record, but lessens the sentence. In Roger Stone's case, it does not seem like he'll face any jail time, but he's still got a criminal record. If he was pardoned, then he would have no record or jail time from this. It would be like nothing happened.

Per wiki, "Pardon: means completely absolving the person of the crime and letting him go free. The pardoned criminal will be like a normal citizen. Commutation: means changing the type of punishment given to the guilty into a less harsh one, for example, a death penalty commuted to a life sentence."

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