As speculation swirls over whether Roger Stone will receive a presidential pardon, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted on Thursday that President Donald Trump has “all the authority in the world” to do so if he pleases, The Hill reported.
Stone was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Amy Berman Jackson to 40 months in prison, after a week of reported turbulence within the Justice Department over the issue.
Though Trump has not indicated he will pardon Stone — a longtime friend and confidant — Graham said it is within his power to offer his assistance.
"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 series of tweets on the matter.
The lawmaker also noted that Stone’s sentence was on the lower end of sentencing guidelines that apply to his crimes, adding that he believes the entire process of Stone’s trial has been fair.
"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.”
Graham continued: “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.”
He noted that pardoning power is “available to all presidents in all cases” that wind through the country’s judicial system.
“This is the way our legal system is intended to work and provides a brilliant and intricate system of checks and balances we should all honor,” Graham concluded.
Democrats were less inclined to approve of a potential pardon for Stone, The Hill noted.
"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 Schiff (D-CA) tweeted after Stone’s sentence was handed down.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, appeared to agree, tweeting: "Justice has been served. Let’s see if the rule of law stands."