Posted on July 11, 2020 (July 13, 2020) Impeachment Share: Free Speech For People issued a letter today to Committee Chairman Nadler and Vice Chairwoman Scanlon of the House Judiciary Committee, urging the Committee to convene an impeachment inquiry immediately to investigate whether to recommend articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump for commuting the prison sentence of his longtime ally, Roger Stone. Mr. Stone was convicted of seven felony counts, including obstructing a congressional investigation and witness intimidation, and sentenced to serve forty months in prison. The convictions stemmed from Stone’s efforts to impede Congress’s investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential elections, crimes that Stone carried out in order to protect President Trump. As the sentencing judge, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, explained in her closing remarks, Mr. Stone “was prosecuted for covering up for the president.” Stone was set to begin his 40-month prison sentence on July 14. President Trump exercised his presidential pardon power to commute the prison sentence of someone who has been convicted of obstructing justice and other felonies in order to protect President Trump himself. In calling for a new impeachment investigation, the Constitutional and legal experts at Free Speech For People argue: “[Congress] has the opportunity to carry out a full investigation into President Trump’s abuse of his pardon power, as well as his other abuses of power. Together, these abuses have undermined the independence of our prosecutors and our judiciary. They threaten to subvert our system of justice into one in which those who challenge President Trump face selective investigation, harassment, and prosecution, while aides and allies who commit felonies to protect President Trump know that they in turn will be protected through a presidential pardon… The power to pardon is not absolute; it should only be exercised in a manner consistent with other parts of the Constitution. And the Founders, who recognized the possibility of its abuse, looked to impeachment as the answer for this abuse.” Read the full letter here.