This week President Obama has taken a lot of heat for commuting Chelsea Mannings prison sentence amid the Wikileaks hack scandle at the DNC. During President Obama’s last news conference today he defended his decision to commute Chelsea Manning prison sentence.
“I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent,” the president said.
The president has faced mounting bipartisan criticism over the commutation, announced as part of a wave of clemency decisions a day earlier. Manning, who has served more than six years of the 35-year sentence, will now be released in May.
To detractors warning the decision set a dangerous precedent, the president pushed back.
“Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence, so the notion that the average person who is thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don’t think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served,” Obama said.
Citing the time served and saying Manning’s sentence was “disproportionate,” Obama said: “It made sense to commute, and not pardon, her sentencing.”
Incoming Vice President Mike Pence had some strong words for President Obama regarding his decision to commute Mannings prison sentence.
“Private Manning is a traitor and should not have been turned into a martyr,” he said. “… Private Manning’s actions compromised our national security, endangered American personnel downrange, compromised … individuals in Afghanistan who were cooperating with our forces by leaking 750,000 documents to WikiLeaks.”
During his final press conference, President Obama was asked his opinion of the Democrat Lawmakers not attending President-Elect Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony. However, the President would not comment on the issue and said: “I know I’ll be there”. Lastly, President Obama said that he is not going away and that if there is a “threat to his core values,” He would speak out, but stated, “It doesn’t mean that I would get on the ballot anywhere.”
Source: Fox News