Trump’s commutation of conviction of his ally Roger Stone sparks outrage | US news


Indignation is growing among opponents of Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison term of his longtime friend and infamous Republican repairman Roger Stone, although the US Attorney General has declared Stone’s conviction “fair.”On Saturday, criticism came from both sides of the political aisle.

Adam Schiff, Californian Democrat and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – Congress panel Stone convicted of lying about certain aspects of the Trump-Russia investigation – called the decision “destructive of the system of criminal justice and the rule of law ”Saturday. Morning.

Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, called the decision “unprecedented historic corruption.”

Mitt Romney

Unprecedented historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lies to protect this same president.

July 11, 2020

Trump commuted Stone’s sentence Friday night. He was a former campaign adviser to the president and was due to serve a three-year, four-month prison sentence on Tuesday.

Stone, 67, was convicted in November 2019 of obstructing a Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia to win the 2016 elections.

Trump said Stone was targeted in an “illegal witch hunt,” which prompted professor and global political columnist Brian Klass to tweet on Saturday: “This is a complete lie. Roger Stone has committed a series of well documented crimes which are not seriously contested. ”

He added, “This is what the despots do: wield the law as a weapon to attack political opponents and protect loyal friends. It is a shameful and dark day for American democracy. ”

Stone was convicted in November 2019 of seven crimes, including obstructing justice, lying to Congress and falsifying witnesses in the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Stone boasted during the 2016 campaign that he was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange through a trusted intermediary and had alluded to internal knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to publish more 19,000 hacked emails from the servers of the National Democratic Committee.

Stone did not speak at his trial, did not speak at the time of his conviction and his lawyers did not call any witnesses for the defense.


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