Sen. John Cornyn

Trump should consider pardoning ex-CIA boss Petraeus, senator says

After recently granting a pardon and considering at least two more, President Donald Trump should also consider pardoning former CIA director and U.S. Army general David Petraeus, a U.S. senator said. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, made the suggestion Thursday morning during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, the Washington Examiner reported. While in the Army, Petraeus oversaw coalition forces during the Iraq War before moving to the CIA under the Obama administration. But his time at the CIA was short-lived. A 2012 FBI investigation unearthed emails between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he was having an affair. Petraeus pleaded guilty in 2015 to a misdemeanor charge of handling classified information, which he gave to Broadwell in eight notebooks. “I think Gen. Petraeus is an incredible patriot, and helped guide our country during a very difficult time in Iraq and basically pulled a rabbit out of a hat there. But he made a terrible mistake,” Cornyn said on Hewitt’s show. “What I respect about Gen. Petraeus is he admitted it candidly and publicly, and took responsibility for it. You don’t see that much in Washington.” President Trump had once considered Petraeus to be his secretary of state. But that title ultimately went to Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon-Mobil CEO who has since resigned. The prospect of pardoning Petraeus comes shortly after Trump pardoned conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions in the 2012 Senate race. Trump is also reportedly considering pardons for TV personality Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich, Politico reported. The president also recently commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, 62, who had served more than 20 years of a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offense, the report said.

In the interest of disclosure..  I worked for GEN Patraeus as a “field grade” Army officer at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) back when he was the commanding general, and briefed the man several times personally.  So, I’ve seen the man up close and personal.  He is most definitely a patriot who literally wrote the book (i.e. Army Field Manual) on counterinsurgency.  Given all of his sacrifices to our country, I agree with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), that President Trump should give the man a full pardon for his minor indiscretion.  Hillary did FAR FAR worse, and so far has not been held to account.

Cornyn: Trump told me he supports my ‘Fix NICS’ background check bill

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on Friday said President Trump clarified to him Thursday evening that Mr. Trump supports Mr. Cornyn’s bill aimed at improving the federal instant check system for gun transactions. “He called me last night sort of to clarify his position, at least from a legislative standpoint, that he supported the … bipartisan background check bill that I’ve introduced,” the Texas Republican told reporters in Austin. Mr. Cornyn said Mr. Trump is open to other ideas, like measures to improve school safety and dealing with mental health issues. “I don’t think he’s foreclosing any of those, but I think he realizes that the best way to get a result is to start with a consensus bill like the background check bill that I introduced after Sutherland Springs and then go from there,” he said. Mr. Cornyn spoke after voting early ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections in Texas. The White House has said Mr. Trump supports Mr. Cornyn’s legislation to incentivize states and federal agencies to share more of their records with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). At a meeting with lawmakers this week, the president had turned some heads when he suggested that a more expansive bill extending the background checks to gun shows and online sales could serve as the basis for a comprehensive gun bill, rather than Mr. Cornyn’s. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday the president supports the Cornyn bill, and that he wouldn’t necessarily back the broader background check bill written by GOP Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also met Thursday with Chris Cox, who heads the National Rifle Association’s legislative-lobbying arm. “I had a great meeting tonight with @realDonaldTrump & @VP. We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control. #NRA #MAGA,” Mr. Cox tweeted Thursday. Mrs. Sanders said Friday that the president only promised to the NRA that he’ll continue to support the Second Amendment. “That’s not something that he’s backed away from,” she said. “The background check system is something that he’s still very much interested in improving.”