Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, but he is adamantly against a move that Trump is considering as his first term comes to an end–pardoning Wikileaks founder Edward Snowden, who has been exiled from the U.S. under threat of arrest for his leaks.
“To those urging a pardon of Edward Snowden: You are suggesting President @realDonaldTrump pardon a traitor,” Graham wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Edward Snowden is NOT a victim. Snowden has American blood on his hands and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“To pardon Snowden would be a betrayal of all those who have sacrificed since 9/11 to protect our nation,” Graham continued.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) suggested Trump pardon Snowden and Julian Assange for “the deception and criminality of those in the deep state.”
Snowden is currently living in Russia, which has granted him permanent residency there.
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