The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, on Saturday spoke in favor of passing a law that would limit the President’s right to pardon.
Pelosi’s statement came after President Donald Trump on Friday reduced the prison sentence of his friend and former informal adviser, Roger Stone. The latter was sentenced to more than three years in prison for obstructing the court in the “Russian investigation” of special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
“Congress will take action to prevent this type of brazen wrongdoing. The law is necessary so that no President can pardon or commute the sentence of a person who participates in a cover-up campaign to protect this President from criminal prosecution,” Pelosi said in a statement published on her website.
In her opinion, Trump’s decision to commute stone’s sentence is “an act of staggering corruption.”
She noted that the former Trump adviser was convicted of “serious crimes” and should be punished “to the full extent of the law.”
“This decision and many other corrupt acts of Trump indicate the urgency of electing in November a President who will respect the Constitution, the rule of law and the will of the American people,” Pelosi concluded.