On Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, commuting what the White House called the “unjust sentence” handed to Stone.
According to the White House statement, Stone was “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.”
“In light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wrote. “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!”
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) July 10, 2020
“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,” McEnany said. “There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.”
Shifty lying Comrade Schiff, one of the Democrats who led the sham impeachment coup against Trump, was triggered by the move, ABC News reported:
“Mr. Stone is incredibly honored that President Trump used his awesome and unique power under the Constitution of the United States for this act of mercy,” (Stone attorney Grant) Smith told ABC News. “Mr. and Mrs. Stone appreciate all the consideration the President gave to this matter.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who oversees the committee Stone was convicted of lying to, condemned the move, accusing Trump of undermining the rule of law.
“With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else,” Schiff said in a statement. “Donald Trump, Bill Barr, and all those who enable them pose the gravest of threats to the rule of law.”
Stone had been sentenced to 40 months in prison and was expected to report to prison on July 14.
The ABC report added:
While a commutation reduces a convict’s sentence either in part or in full, only a pardon nullifies a conviction entirely. Absent a full pardon, Stone will avoid prison time but will still remain a convicted felon, barring him from voting in any future elections, serving on a jury or seeking elected office. If Trump chooses, as a part of the commutation he also may release Stone from any of the financial obligations that his conviction carried.
Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted his support of the commutation:
In my view it would be justified if President @realDonaldTrump decided to commute Roger Stone's prison sentence.
Mr. Stone is in his 70s and this was a non-violent, first-time offense.https://t.co/jbbGTucRpq
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 10, 2020
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