Republican Rep. Thomas Massie Confirms That He Demanded Trump Two Pardons

Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said that he requested two pardons from Trump and an omission.

The representative called upon the ex-president, now President Joe Biden to pardon Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and commute Ross Ulbricht’s sentence. Massie’s calls appear to mock recent reports that five congressional Republicans, including Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, requested a pardon over their alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

” I have an admission. Massie tweets: “I asked Trump for TWO pardons, and a commutation. And I ask the exact same thing of Biden.” I have an admission to make. I have an admission to make. I requested Trump for TWO pardons, as well as a commutation. I also asked Biden.

Pardon Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and reduce the sentence to Ross Ulbricht.

— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 30, 2022

Assange faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison on espionage and hacking charges if he is forced to return to the U.S. for allegedly releasing military secrets via Wikileaks and has been incarcerated in the U.K. since 2019. He faces a possible extradition after British Home Secretary Priti Patel signed an extradition order on June 17. After a lower court had blocked Assange’s request, the U.S. appealed in December and won permission to extradite Assange.

Republican lawmakers reportedly called on Trump to pardon Snowden after he leaked classified information in 2013, revealing a massive surveillance terrorist-tracking operation run by the NSA to track Americans. According to him, the operation had collected phone numbers of millions of Americans. James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, was also revealed by him as lying to Congress.

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Ulbricht was handed a double life sentence plus 40 years without parole for operating Silk Road, an online black marketplace used for drug trafficking. To prevent funds and sales from being traced, the operation made use of Bitcoin. He was convicted in 2015 of conspiracy to commit money laundering, computer hacking, traffic fraudulent identity documents and traffic narcotics.

Massie stated that Ulbricht was “over-sentenced”, but shouldn’t be pardoned. (RELATED: Stephen Colbert Caught Broadcasting Political Misinformation On The Late Show)

“He doesn’t claim he was innocent, but he’s been over-sentenced for the internet crime he committed — two life sentences + 40 years. His website has already been taken down by the men who were selling drugs. That’s why I believe his sentence should be commuted, instead of pardoning him.”

He doesn’t claim he was innocent, but he’s been over-sentenced for the internet crime he committed – two life sentences + 40 years. His website has already been taken down by the men who were selling drugs. His sentence should be commuted and not he be pardoned.

— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 30, 2022

Former aide to previous White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Cassidy Hutchinson, testified that both Meadows and former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani also requested pardons over their alleged role in the Capitol riot. Giuliani denied ever asking for a pardon.

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