Roger Stone, political adviser and friend of the president who was convicted “on seven counts, including obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress,” was granted clemency by President Trump last week. Originally sentenced to 40 months in prison for his crimes, he will no longer have to serve time in prison, although the move does not absolve him of the convictions.
The Right has mixed thoughts. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) condemned Trump, stating that “No president, not even Richard Nixon, acted with such shameless disregard for our system of justice in order to help a criminal friend.” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) stated that he understands “the frustration with the badly flawed Russia-collusion investigation” but agrees that commuting Stone from his convictions was “a mistake.”
The Trump administration said the convictions stem from a “hoax” to begin with, one that “the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.” The New York Post similarly wrote that Mueller’s investigation “found no collusion by the Trump campaign.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Attorney General William Barr have both expressed their support for the president’s decision.
“Roger is no saint. He says and does things all the time that I don’t agree with, but I don’t believe in putting people in jail because of their politics.”Rep. Matt Gaetz, (R-FL)
Duplicitous @RepAdamSchiff claims Roger Stone should not have his conviction commuted because he lied to Congress. What should happen to Schifty Schiff for lying to the American people that he had evidence of @realDonaldTrump colluding with Russia? #MAGA2020— Victoria Toensing (@VicToensing) July 13, 2020
The Left condemns the move. “That Stone remains free is a measure of the contempt the president he protected holds for the principle of rule of law,” wrote the San Fransisco Chronicles editorial board. Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI who oversaw the investigation into what some believe was Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential elections, said that Stone is no doubt guilty. He stated that, “A jury later determined he lied repeatedly to members of Congress” about his involvement with WikiLeaks.
“Commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, a crony who lied and obstructed our investigation to protect Trump himself, is among the most offensive to the rule of law and principles of justice.”Adam Schiff, California State Representative