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Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison after being found guilty of lying to Congress, witness of falsifying and obstructing the investigation by the House of Representatives into whether Trump’s campaign was colluding with Russia for win the 2016 presidential election.
He was scheduled to report to a Georgia prison on Tuesday until Trump signs an order to commute his sentence on Friday.
Trump issues commutation order of Roger Stone in Russia investigation
It is not the first time that Romney has publicly criticized the President.
In February, the Utah senator broke with the Republican Party and voted in favor of Trump’s conviction on an indictment.
He was the only Republican senator to do so.
Speaking in the Senate before the vote, Romney called Trump’s behavior a “blatant attack on our electoral rights, our national security, and our core values.”
Democrats and Republicans Respond
In a statement released on Saturday, the Speaker of the House of Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, called Trump’s decision to commute Stone’s sentence “an astonishing act of corruption.”
“Congress will take steps to prevent this type of cheeky wrongdoing,” the statement said. “Legislation is needed to ensure that no president can forgive or commute the sentence of an individual engaged in a cover-up campaign to protect that president from criminal prosecution.”
Roger Stone addresses media after Trump commutes sentence
Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer shared his criticism in a tweet on Friday, saying Stone’s switch was a decision to undermine “the American ideal of equal justice before the law” by a president who ” sees the Department of Justice as his personal toy. ”
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“By refusing to hold President Trump accountable, the Republican Party bears responsibility for its illegality,” he wrote.
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But some Republicans applauded Trump’s decision.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted her support on Friday, saying that “it would be justified if President @realDonaldTrump decided to commute Roger Stone’s prison term.
Trump’s ally, Roger Stone, was sentenced to 40 months in prison
“Sir. Stone is 70 years old and it was a first non-violent offense, ”wrote Graham.
Although a commutation does not cancel Stone’s crime convictions, it does protect him from being sentenced to prison.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Stone said that under the terms of the switch, he could now pursue two appeals he had filed regarding his conviction.
“One is an appeal from my constitutional conviction and other things that happened during the trial,” he said. “The other is an appeal from Judge Jackson’s decision not to grant a trial for gross and indisputable juror fault on the part of the president of the jury. “
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He said Trump’s decision came “literally on time” because he will no longer be forced to go to jail in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My concern, as noted earlier, was that I am confident that I can win the appeal,” said Stone. “I think I’m going to expose a huge amount of corruption in my appeal, but I have to live long enough to get to the appeal, and at 67, with a history of respiratory and other health problems under – next, the danger was very real. ”
In a tweet Saturday morning, Trump said Stone had been “targeted by an illegal witch hunt” which “should never have happened.”
“It’s the other side who are criminals, including Biden and Obama, who spied on my campaign – AND WERE TAKEN,” he wrote. ”
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