REPORT: GOP Rep. Admits He Requested Two Pardons From Trump

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Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie admitted to requesting two pardons and a commutation from former President Donald Trump in a Thursday tweet.

The representative called on the former president, and now President Joe Biden, to pardon Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and to commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht. 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.

The article goes on to state the following:

“I have an admission to make. I asked Trump for TWO pardons and a commutation, and I ask the same of Biden,” Massie tweeted. “Pardon Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, and commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht.”

The report states that Assange is facing 175 years in prison for hacking and espionage charges.

Several conservatives have called for Snowden to be pardoned for his role in leaking classified documents in 2013. Snowden uncovered a massive tracking operation run by the NSA that was used to track Americans. He also reveled that Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress.

Ulbricht was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering, computer hacking, traffic fraudulent identity documents and traffic narcotics in 2015. He received two life sentences plus 40 years without parole for operating an online black marketplace used for drug trafficking.

Massie said he believes that Ulbricht was “over-sentenced” but should not be pardoned.

He said, “He doesn’t claim he was innocent, but he’s been over-sentenced for the internet crime he committed — two life sentences + 40 years. The guys who sold drugs using his website are already out of prison. That’s why I believe his sentence should be commuted, instead of pardoning him.”

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