The White House statement
In a statement released Friday evening, the White House denounced Stone’s prosecution of charges stemming from the “Russian hoax” investigation. “Roger Stone has already suffered a lot,” the statement said. “He was treated very unfairly, like many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man! “
Robert Mueller, former special advocate
“The work of the special council office – its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions – should speak for itself,” Robert Mueller wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post on Saturday.
“But I feel compelled to respond to both the general allegations that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives inappropriate, and to the specific allegations that Roger Stone was a victim of our office … Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he had committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted criminal, and rightly so. “
Mueller said that “the office of the special council has identified two main operations against our elections: hacking and dumping of Clinton campaign emails and an online social media campaign to disparage the Democratic candidate.
“We have also identified many links between the Russian government and Trump – Stone campaign staff among them. We have not established that members of the Trump campaign have conspired with the Russian government …
“The investigation, however, established that the Russian government believed it would have a Trump presidency and worked to achieve this result. [And] that the campaign expected it to benefit from the information stolen and leaked through the Russian efforts. “
Senator Mitt Romney, Utah, Republican
Romney, who was also the only GOP senator to vote to convict the president during his recall trial earlier this year, attacked Trump’s decision. “Unprecedented historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to protect this same president,” Romney tweeted.
Nancy Pelosi, speaker, Democrat
Pelosi called the commutation an act of “staggering corruption”, saying that legislation is needed to prevent a president from pardoning or commuting the sentence of someone who acted to protect the president from prosecution. Addressing CNN’s state of the union on Sunday, Pelosi said, “It is a threat to our national security.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, Republican
Graham, a Trump confidant, said Stone was found guilty of a first non-violent offense and the president was justified in commuting the sentence.
Graham, chairman of the Senate judicial committee, tweeted Sunday that he would now grant Democrats the request to call Mueller to testify before the committee in light of his editorial for the Washington Post.
“The Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Commission previously asked Mr. Mueller to appear before the Senate Judicial Commission to testify about his investigation. This request will be granted, ”Graham tweeted.
“Apparently, Mr. Mueller is willing – and also capable – to defend the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post. ”
Graham is investigating by the Republicans about the judicial committee on the origins of the Mueller investigation. Democrats say the investigation is an attempt to appease Trump before the November elections.
Senator Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, Republican
Toomey called Trump’s decision a “fault,” noting that US Attorney General William Barr called Stone’s lawsuit “fair.”
“The president clearly has the legal and constitutional authority to grant leniency for federal crimes,” Toomey said in a statement. “However, this authority should be used judiciously and very rarely by any president. “
Mark SanFord, Republican
Sanford, the former congressman from South Carolina who challenged Trump for a short time, tweeted, “Too bad for the Republican Party being the party of law and order.” Have we not lost our heads by not condemning as a party the forgiveness of the president for corruption by Roger Stone ”.
Representative Adam Schiff, California, Democrat
Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – Stone’s Congress panel was found guilty of lying about certain aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation – called the decision “destructive of the criminal justice system and the rule of law ”Saturday morning.
Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland, Republican
Hogan raised questions about Trump’s decision and said, “It will certainly hurt politically.”
Speaking to NBC Meet the Press on Sunday, he added that he “did not know what the future holds in November” for the Republican party. Hogan is rumored to be eyeing for the White House in 2024, said the GOP must be a “bigger tent party” in the future.
“I know the Republican Party will look into what will happen after President Trump and whether it is four months or four years from now,” said Hogan. “And I think they’re going to look,” How are we going to become a bigger tent party? “”