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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2020
So no jail time for FOT’s (Friends of Trump.)
Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to spare a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.
In a lengthy written statement punctuated by the sort of inflammatory language and angry grievances characteristic of the president’s Twitter feed, the White House denounced the “overzealous prosecutors” who convicted Mr. Stone on “process-based charges” stemming from the “witch hunts” and “Russia hoax” investigation.
The statement did not assert that Mr. Stone was innocent of the false statements and obstruction counts, only that he should not have been pursued because prosecutors ultimately filed no charges of an underlying conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia. “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly,” it said. “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”
The commutation, announced late on a Friday, when potentially damaging news is often released, was the latest action by the Trump administration upending the justice system to help the president’s convicted friends. The Justice Department moved in May to dismiss its own criminal case against Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. And last month, Mr. Trump fired Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney whose office prosecuted Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer, and has been investigating Rudolph W. Giuliani, another of his lawyers.
By the way, Michael Cohen, who did cooperate with investigators, has been returned to prison after being let out due to the Coronavirus.
But if you keep your lips shut, well then Trump will make everything alright.
This is such a blatant abuse of power that it would appear that Trump simply no longer cares how he is perceived anymore.
He either realizes that he cannot win reelection so he is free to do what he wants, or he believes the Russians will hand him the election again so he is free to do what he wants.
Either way, the Trump Administration will now go down in history as the most lawless and corrupt administration in American history.
Jesus, Roger Ailes finally did it!
Ailes finally helped to create a presidency that replaced Richard Nixon’s as the most corrupt in American history.