Pardons

Trump forces offer president clashing advice on Roger Stone pardon

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Roger Stone. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A big question swirling through Trumpworld: Will President Trump pardon his old friend Roger Stone? Some of Trump's closest advisers told me the president would be making a huge political mistake if he does.

Context: Stone was found guilty, on Friday, of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress. A judge will sentence him in February.

Trump pardons armed services members accused of war crimes

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President Trump. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images

President Trump issued full pardons to two Army officials and restored the rank of a Navy SEAL — each of whom had been accused or convicted of war crimes — the White House announced on Friday.

Why it matters: The intervention came despite opposition raised by military justice experts and Pentagon officials. "The moves signaled that as commander in chief, Mr. Trump intends to use his power as the ultimate arbiter of military justice," the New York Times writes.