President Trump Commuted Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence
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On Friday, July 10, 2020, President Donald Trump commuted Roger Stone’s sentence, days before Stone was to report to prison for his 40 month sentence on charges of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements. Stone was convicted for lying about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. Trump was rumored to have been considering a pardon, which would have ‘wiped the slate clean’ for his former aide Roger Stone, but instead issued the commutation (guilty conviction remains) Friday night, in the video “Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence: What You Need To Know“, below:
To better understand the difference between commutation and pardon: The Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution gives presidents unlimited authority to grant pardons, which excuse or forgive a federal crime. A commutation, by contrast, makes a punishment milder without wiping out the underlying conviction – in Mr. Stone’s case, the White House did not argue that he was innocent.
Former U.S. Attorney of Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade said, “This is President Trump protecting President Trump. And I think it is a terrible attack on the rule of law.”
Congressman Adam Schiff said, ” It is a sad day in America when our democracy is reduced to this.”
Former Federal Prosecutor Cynthia Alksne said, “On some level Trump is getting away with it right now. And the question is: come November, are the voters going to show up and are we going to have this landslide many people expect and then how are we going to come together as a country and rebuild the Department of Justice.”
Republican Congressman Mitt Romney said, “Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.”
Critics have accused President Trump of abusing the rule of law – after he commuted the sentence of his friend Roger Stone just days before he was due to serve a three and a half year term in jail, in the video “Critics accuse Trump of abusing the law as he grants clemency to former advisor Roger Stone“, below:
Rachel Maddow outlines what has been uncovered about Roger Stone’s involvement in Russia’s assistance in the election of Donald Trump now that Trump has commuted Stone’s sentence just days before he was meant to show up for prison, in the video “Trump Commutes Sentence Of Key Russia Scandal Figure Roger Stone, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC“, below:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, joined MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to discuss President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence, the latest in his efforts to tarnish the credibility and independence of our justice system to bend the rules for his friends and allies, in the video “Rep. Schiff on MSNBC: One System of Justice for Trump’s Criminal Friends, And One For Everyone Else“, below:
Congressman Adam Schiff stated that legislative measure is needed to protect the pardon and/or commutation power from being abused and the ultimate remedy is utilizing the November election “when we vote these bums out of office“.
President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president’s own conduct, in the video “Trump commutes prison sentence of longtime friend Roger Stone“, below:
On Friday, July 10, 2020, President Trump has commuted prison sentence of Roger Stone. Roger Stone spoke to reporters on Friday in the video “WATCH: Roger Stone reacts after being granted clemency by President Trump“
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