Romney calls Trump commuting of Roger Stone ‘historic corruption’
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney (R) called President Trump’s decision to commute Roger Stone’s prison sentence an act of “historic corruption” on Saturday joining his Democrat colleagues in speaking out against the move.
“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney tweeted.
Romney has been an outspoken critic of Trump and is the only Republican that voted for him impeachment earlier this year.
On Friday, Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency for Stone, the political operative who was sentenced to more than three years in prison after being convicted last year on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress in relation to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Stone had appealed the conviction but was due to report to prison on July 14 to serve more than three years in federal prison. Trump, however, commuted the sentence citing the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding the unfair prosecution, arrest and trial.
“Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place. It is the other side that are criminals, including Biden and Obama, who spied on my campaign – AND GOT CAUGHT,” the president tweeted.
Stone praised the president’s decision and said he spoke to Trump on the phone. He said he told the president that he was grateful and that he had protected his health.
“He said we’ve known each other for 40 years,” Stone said. “In his opinion, he did not believe I committed a crime.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised that Congress would act on the matter.
“President Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of top campaign advisor Roger Stone, who could directly implicate him in criminal misconduct, is an act of staggering corruption,” she said. “Congress will take action to prevent this type of brazen wrongdoing. Legislation is needed to ensure that no President can pardon or commute the sentence of an individual who is engaged in a cover-up campaign to shield that President from criminal prosecution.”
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R) joined Romney in questioning the ethics behind commuting the sentence. This prompted the president to tweet at the senators on Saturday evening:
“Do RINO’S Pat Toomey & Mitt Romney have any problem with the fact that we caught Obama, Biden, & Company illegally spying on my campaign? Do they care if Comey, McCabe, Page & her lover, Peter S, the whole group, ran rampant, wild & unchecked – lying & leaking all the way? NO!”
Presidents have the constitutional right to commute sentences and Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk wasted no time in taking to Twitter to point out how Trump has commuted very few people compared to other presidents.
Commutations by President: Bill Clinton—61 in 8 years. George W. Bush—11 in 8 years. Donald Trump—11 in 4 years. Barack Obama? 1,715 in 8 years. Remind me again who abused their presidential power,” Kirk tweeted.
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