President Trump's commuting of Roger Stone's jail sentence is relatively mild compared to the offenses of his predecessors, holds Andrew McCarthy of National Review. Both Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton used their power to pardon individuals for political reasons. These ranged from Clinton absolving his brother for distributing cocaine, and Obama pardoning a US soldier who gave secret intel to Wikileaks. Some of Trump's biggest critics regarding this story were silent when previous presidents engaged in similar behavior. While the president protecting an ally this way is a bad look, it's far from the national scandal many are trying to present it as.
President Trump showed his brazen contempt of the law when he commuted Roger Stone's jail sentence, asserts Russel Berman of The Atlantic. Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and threatening a witness in the Russiagate investigation. He was doing Trump's dirty work and clearly broke the law. The fact that the president protected him from his punishment showed that there is one law for Trump and his associates, and one for everyone else. This was a clear abuse of power. And Trump likely did this because he could. His power to pardon is unlimited, neither Congress nor the Supreme Court can stop it. This is a danger to the rule of law.