President Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

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    Jul 11, 2020 12:31 AM GMT
    The statement from the White House called Stone a "victim of the Russia Hoax" and said there was "never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia." Stone was convicted in November of lying to Congress about his efforts to collaborate with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and threatening a witness to cover up his actions.

    "As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel's Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface," the statement said. "These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice. This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone."

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-commutes-roger-stones-sentence/
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    Jul 11, 2020 3:16 AM GMT
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    Roger Stone was a victim of the Russian hoax investigation and the Obama spying campaign on candidate and President Trump.

    His partisan judge moved to make sure the political activist would die in prison.
    Tonight President Trump did the right thing and commuted Roger’s sentence.

    Noted liar Adam Schiff was outraged upon hearing the news!

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/pencil-neck-schiff-erupts-president-trump-commutes-roger-stones-sentence/

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    Jul 11, 2020 3:34 AM GMT
    Well, we knew this was going to happen. One wonders why he didn't just pardon Flynn, instead of making the attorney general go through the very embarrassing machinations to get his sentence overturned. If any other of Trump's friends and associates are to be prosecuted, it should be after he is out of office, so he can't pardon them.
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    Jul 11, 2020 7:29 AM GMT
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    Jul 11, 2020 7:34 AM GMT
    Muskelprotz saidNoted liar Adam Schiff was outraged upon hearing the news!

    Nazi Pelousy also wet her Depends -- "appalling" "a terrible idea" -- a good sign.

    The marxist brownshirts who participated in, and encouraged, Mueller's Soviet police-state witch hunt, are the ones who deserve to be in jail.

    That includes the red witch Obama-appointed "judge," Amy Berman Jackson -- stench on the bench.
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    Jul 11, 2020 4:00 PM GMT
    I turned on CNN and MSNBC last night when I read about this, fully expecting it would be driving them up a wall. I was not wrong. It was wonderful to watch their heads exploding over there.
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    Jul 11, 2020 5:29 PM GMT
    Trump has pardoned or commuted the sentences of several people since his time in office, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Scooter Libby. You can see the whole lists here and here.

    https://www.justice.gov/pardon/pardons-granted-president-donald-trump
    https://www.justice.gov/pardon/commutations-granted-president-donald-trump-2017-present


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    Jul 11, 2020 5:39 PM GMT
    Excellent summary by the White House Press Secretary:

    "Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr."

    "Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia. Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election. The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist. As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface. These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice.This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone. Roger Stone is well known for his nearly 50 years of work as a consultant for high-profile Republican politicians, including President Ronald Reagan, Senator Bob Dole, and many others. He is also well known for his outspoken support for President Donald J. Trump and opposition to Hillary Clinton."

    "Mr. Stone was charged by the same prosecutors from the Mueller Investigation tasked with finding evidence of collusion with Russia. Because no such evidence exists, however, they could not charge him for any collusion-related crime. Instead, they charged him for his conduct during their investigation. The simple fact is that if the Special Counsel had not been pursuing an absolutely baseless investigation, Mr. Stone would not be facing time in prison."

    "In addition to charging Mr. Stone with alleged crimes arising solely from their own improper investigation, the Mueller prosecutors also took pains to make a public and shameful spectacle of his arrest. Mr. Stone is a 67-year-old man, with numerous medical conditions, who had never been convicted of another crime. But rather than allow him to surrender himself, they used dozens of FBI agents with automatic weapons and tactical equipment, armored vehicles, and an amphibious unit to execute a pre-dawn raid of his home, where he was with his wife of many years. Notably, CNN cameras were present to broadcast these events live to the world, even though they swore they were not notified—it was just a coincidence that they were there together with the FBI early in the morning."

    "Not only was Mr. Stone charged by overzealous prosecutors pursing a case that never should have existed, and arrested in an operation that never should have been approved, but there were also serious questions about the jury in the case. The forewoman of his jury, for example, concealed the fact that she is a member of the so-called liberal “resistance” to the Trump Presidency. In now-deleted tweets, this activist-juror vividly and openly attacked President Trump and his supporters."

    "Mr. Stone would be put at serious medical risk in prison. He has appealed his conviction and is seeking a new trial. He maintains his innocence and has stated that he expects to be fully exonerated by the justice system. Mr. Stone, like every American, deserves a fair trial and every opportunity to vindicate himself before the courts. The President does not wish to interfere with his efforts to do so. At this time, however, and particularly in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence. Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case."

    "Roger Stone is now a free man!"


    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-regarding-executive-grant-clemency-roger-stone-jr/

    In a healthy republic, there would have been an early morning, heavily armed raid on the Clinton Crime Syndicate Headquarters by dozens of FBI agents. Instead, Hillary Rotten and her pervert "husband," like the maobama's, strut around and lecture us as though we are the unindicted felons. Liberalism is a mental disorder which turns just about everything it touches to CRAP.
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    Jul 11, 2020 8:08 PM GMT
    ‘Historic Corruption': Romney Blasts Trump for Commuting Roger Stone's Prison Sentence

    Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Saturday called the impeached Piece of Shit Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of Roger Stone "unprecedented, historic corruption," becoming the first prominent Republican to condemn the illegitimate president.

    “An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney, a leading critic of the president, wrote on Twitter.

    Other Republicans have rallied around the president, taking to Twitter in support of his decision to clear Stone's 40-month prison sentence.
    https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/historic-corruption-romney-blasts-trump-for-commuting-roger-stones-prison-sentence/2464279/
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    Jul 11, 2020 8:13 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    One wonders why he didn't just pardon Flynn, instead of making the attorney general go through the very embarrassing machinations to get his sentence overturned.



    There's a very good reason why President Trump left the Flynn case up to AG Barr and let the case play itself out. Obviously, General Flynn will never spend a second in jail, even if he is sentenced, but the goal is to get the whole case thrown out -- as it should be -- and then Trump won't have to pardon him
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    Jul 11, 2020 11:09 PM GMT
    Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence is an unforgivable betrayal of his office
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    THERE ARE no doubt thousands of people in federal prison who deserved a presidential commutation more than Roger Stone. But after the Impeached Piece of Shit Donald Trump’s intervention on Friday, Mr. Stone will serve none of his prison sentence. The president may have had the power to help his longtime friend. But that does not make it any less a perversion of justice — indeed, it is one of the most nauseating instances of corrupt government favoritism the United States has ever seen.

    There is no doubt about Mr. Stone’s guilt. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he tried to play intermediary between WikiLeaks, which had become a front for the Kremlin, and the Trump campaign, which reaped the benefits of WikiLeaks’s publication of stolen Democratic emails. A jury concluded that Mr. Stone obstructed Congress, lied to investigators and tampered with a witness in the investigations that followed the 2016 race — “covering up for the president,” as the judge in his case noted.

    Though Attorney General William P. Barr moved to reduce Mr. Stone’s sentencing recommendation after conviction, even he called the case against Mr. Stone a “righteous” prosecution. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison and was due to surrender on Tuesday — thus prompting Mr. Trump’s Friday night action.

    As Mr. Trump discussed granting clemency to his criminal friend, Mr. Barr publicly defended the sentence, perhaps to prevent a mutiny among Justice Department staff who signed up because they believe in the rule of law, not the arbitrary rule of an unusually petty man in the White House.
    Now, the department’s career investigators and prosecutors must absorb yet another insult to their profession from political leaders who abuse their trust. We can only sympathize with their impossible position. A Justice Department brain drain would only reduce fairness and competence in federal law enforcement. It would no doubt take years of rebuilding to reattract the talent that Mr. Trump’s rule has already repelled from the department, let alone to replace a late-term exodus of staff. Yet we can blame no one in the Justice Department for misgivings or feelings of complicity with a wayward presidency. We hope that the coming presidential election will soon offer them — and the nation that relies on them — relief.
    The United States is supposed to be a place in which laws apply equally to all. And while it never has — and never will — live up to that ideal in full, no modern president before Mr. Trump has so clearly renounced it. The president seems to be doing his best, within the confines of the U.S. constitutional system, to emulate the gangster leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a man whose ruinous reign Mr. Trump has always admired. If the country needed any more evidence, Friday confirmed that the greatest threat to the Republic is the president himself.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-commutation-of-roger-stones-sentence-is-an-unforgivable-betrayal-of-his-office/2020/07/10/f5cac3a4-c309-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html


    Laurence Tribe
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    “The president may have had the power to help his longtime friend. But that does not make it any less a perversion of justice — indeed, it is one of the most nauseating instances of corrupt government favoritism the United States has ever seen.”




    ‘Historic Corruption': Romney Blasts Trump for Commuting Roger Stone's Prison Sentence

    Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Saturday called the impeached Piece of Shit Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of Roger Stone "unprecedented, historic corruption," becoming the first prominent Republican to condemn the illegitimate president.

    “An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney, a leading critic of the president, wrote on Twitter.

    Other Republicans have rallied around the president, taking to Twitter in support of his decision to clear Stone's 40-month prison sentence.
    https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/historic-corruption-romney-blasts-trump-for-commuting-roger-stones-prison-sentence/2464279/
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    Jul 11, 2020 11:24 PM GMT
    The worst president ever keeps getting worse

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    While seeking vengeance against those like Alex Vindman who spoke the truth about his ugly machinations, Trump has sought to reward those who broke the law on his behalf, culminating in Roger Stone’s commutation.

    Stone was the liaison between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks. Stone perjured himself and obstructed justice to protect the president.
    And now Trump has rewarded him for his silence.
    The quid pro quo is blindingly obvious.

    He is the most corrupt president ever.


    https://twitter.com/MaxBoot/status/1281944150724751361?s=20

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    Jul 12, 2020 8:45 PM GMT
    Former US special counsel Robert Mueller has made a rare public intervention to defend his indictment of former Trump adviser Roger Stone.

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    Stone was found guilty on charges linked to an investigation led by Mr Mueller that found Russia tried to boost the Trump 2016 election campaign.
    The Impeached Piece of Shit Donald Trump commuted Stone's 40-month jail sentence on Friday saying he was the victim of a "witch-hunt".

    In the Washington Post, Mr Mueller said Stone was rightly a convicted felon.
    Stone was convicted of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress.

    The Impeached Piece of Shit's move - sparing Stone from jail but not granting him a pardon - came just after a court denied Stone's request to delay the start date of his prison term.
    Leading Democrats and a few Republicans have condemned Mr Trump's decision, saying it undermined the justice system.

    The White House said that Department of Justice prosecutors under Mr Mueller only charged Stone out of frustration after failing to prove the "fantasy" that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Kremlin.
    What do Mueller and others say?

    Mr Mueller writes that he felt compelled to respond to claims that his investigation had been illegitimate, his motives improper, and Stone a victim.

    Mr Mueller's article is his first public statement since he gave testimony to Congress last year
    "The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so," he wrote.

    He said that finding evidence of Russian interference was a complex task that took "two years and substantial effort" and resulted in a number of charges and prosecutions. Stone's obstruction may have impeded efforts to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable, he added.
    "We made every decision in Stone's case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law," he concluded. "The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false."
    Mr Mueller rarely makes public statements about the investigation, and the article is the first since he gave testimony in Congress in July 2019.
    His reaction follows strong condemnation by senior Democrats, with presidential contender Joe Biden's spokesman accusing Mr Trump of abuse of power and "laying waste" to US values.

    Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said it showed Mr Trump was the most corrupt president in history.
    Some Republican critics of Mr Trump have also spoken out, with Senator Mitt Romney describing the president's decision as "unprecedented, historic corruption".

    Stone's sentence fell short of an initial seven-to-nine-year recommendation from prosecutors.
    In a remarkable move, US Attorney General William Barr had overruled that sentencing guideline following a Trump tweet, and instead recommended a more lenient punishment.
    That intervention led to the entire Stone prosecution team resigning from the case.



    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53379593

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