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Mueller defends investigation of Roger Stone after Trump commutes prison sentence

Chuck Ross on July 11, 2020

Former special counsel Robert Mueller defended his investigation of Roger Stone on Saturday after President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence for his longtime friend.

“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law,” Mueller wrote in an op-ed at The Washington Post.

“The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity,” he continued. “Claims to the contrary are false.”

“The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Mueller added.

Trump commuted Stone’s prison sentence on Friday, days before he was set to begin a 40-month stint at a federal prison in Georgia.

Stone, 67, was convicted on Nov. 15 on charges that he made false statements to Congress about his discussions related to WikiLeaks, the group that released emails hacked from Democrats during the 2016 campaign. Stone was also convicted on a charge of obstructing a congressional investigation and witness tampering.

The White House took a direct shot at Mueller’s team of prosecutors in an announcement of the clemency for Stone.

“Mr. Stone was charged by the same prosecutors from the Mueller Investigation tasked with finding evidence of collusion with Russia,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEneny said in a statement on Friday.

“Because no such evidence exists, however, they could not charge him for any collusion-related crime,” she continued. “Instead, they charged him for his conduct during their investigation. The simple fact is that if the Special Counsel had not been pursuing an absolutely baseless investigation, Mr. Stone would not be facing time in prison.”

Mueller said that “Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons.”

He said that Stone “communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers.”

Mueller did not identify the Russian intelligence officers who were allegedly in communication with Stone. He may be referring to Guccifer 2.0, who is believed to be an online persona that Russian intelligence used to release some of the emails hacked from Democrats.

Stone had two known exchanges with Guccifer 2.0 in August and September 2016. The messages were seemingly benign, with no discussions about stolen emails. In an Aug. 14, 2016 message, Stone congratulated Guccifer 2.0 on being reinstated after a Twitter suspension. Two days later, Stone sent a link to an article in The Hill about the election.

Mueller noted in the Post article that his team did not find evidence of a conspiracy involving any Trump associates and Russians. Mueller also said in a report of his investigation that there was no evidence that anyone affiliated with Trump was involved in emails hacks or releasing stolen emails.

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  1. Dan Winright July 12, 2020

    Give Mueller, Stones intended sentence + 20

  2. Rodney Steward July 12, 2020

    Mueller and his merry band of traitor thugs should all be SHOT, the FBI can no longer be trusted in any way !

  3. Tom July 12, 2020

    100% bullshit.

  4. Keith C. Haas July 12, 2020

    The very way that Mueller’s team had Stone arrested with cameras rolling from CNN to catch the action indicates that there was a strong political influence in his arrest. The actions of the judge in his case along with the jury foreman was also indicative of a political influence. At minimum he should have been granted a new trial. I have no problem with Trump commuting his sentence under the circumstances. I am not a fan of Roger Stone , but I do believe he was railroaded for political reasons in an attempt to hurt Trump and he doesn’t belong in jail .

  5. Skip July 12, 2020

    As we saw in the hearing after release of the Mueller report, Mueller is a brain dead emperor with no clothes. He knew nothing of his own supposed investigation and still doesn’t.

  6. Vernon July 12, 2020

    Mueller and his hand picked Democrat gang should all be charged with treason.

  7. Sam R July 12, 2020

    In the Congressional hearings Mueller did not know what “Fusion GPS” was. Do you really think he can remember who Roger Stone is?

  8. Jojodmonkey July 12, 2020

    There is no way to defend your criminality MuleR you stinking traitor! You and your entire team should be arrested at 03:00 tomorrow morning with OAN or Newsmax filming all the arrests!

  9. CJM July 12, 2020

    Mueller is a C O W A R D and a S E D I T I O N I S T, and there is no other way to put it. He is anti-American, anti-Constitution, and is a PROCOMMUNIST piece of garbage. He should be in jail.

  10. Rodrigo Rodriguez July 12, 2020

    100% Agree that Muller and his team are a bunch of corrupt people and hopefully they are the ones that really belong in jail, the whole russian collusion was a hoax and should have never taken place, we now know how this conspiracy was plotted and the members involved, justice must be done for the good of the country, they should not be able to get away with this most atrocious crime!

  11. Ric Parks July 13, 2020

    Mueller served in the USMC during the Vietnam war and, on his own is probably an honorable person. I say this as an Army veteran and Air Force retiree. The problem is that the lawyers selected for his investigation team were all Democrats. They supported the DNC, Democrat political candidates and hatred Trump and anyone associated with him in any way. They could never have completed the investigation fairly and with justice. And they didn’t. They were out to get scalps and to this day are bragging publicly about the indictments and convictions that they got. And nothing has anything at all to do with actual election collusion with Russia. And that was what the basis of the investigation was supposed to be all about. Go figure!

  12. JC July 13, 2020

    These comments were not made by Mueller..that old jerk cannot stand up that long to make those remarks! CNN should have to serve the sentence as they helped cause his financial woes.

  13. Will James July 13, 2020

    There are obviously two Justice Systems working in the USA today. One that pursues conservatives-Republicans, those that love the USA as in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and One that let’s the real criminals-law breakers escape the law, those that hate the USA as in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Also, that would be the MARXIST-COMMUNIST.

  14. marc July 13, 2020

    Mueller doesn’t care about the Truth because it WILL bury him. And if you think you will get the Truth out of any Demonrat, good luck with that… if you expect the Truth from a Demonrat, you are more insane than they…

  15. Rosa July 13, 2020

    Freaking lier. He and all his stupid people should vein jail. All he cared about was the millions he got along with all the other one. They are anti Americans and should be thrown out. Get the hell out. Trump 2020

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