Trump rolled Roger Stone
So America here we go again. On July 10, 2020, President Trump has commuted the sentence of former political ally Roger Stone. Mr. Stone, if you have read or seen on newsreels, was convicted of witness tampering along with lying to Congressional investigators; Robert Mueller about the 2016 election and foreign nations interference.
During the investigation, there was enough evidence compiled and turned over to the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee. Again, Robert Mueller was the investigator in charge of the interviews.
Now that President Trump has commuted his sentence, he won’t have to serve the 40-month sentence handed down by a judge. In theory, Stone could persuade an appeals court to reverse his conviction or secure a full pardon from Trump. Like every President, Trump has the unquestioned, unreviewable power to commute federal sentences.
Trump seized on this privilege Friday with gusto and simultaneously lashed out at his enemies, primarily special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation led to the questioning of Stone and his subsequent lies under oath.
Quoted by the White House: “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency,” It continued to say; “These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice. This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone.”
Many of those who see Friday’s event of paying a favor to Stone by Trump as an effort to keep him quiet is missing the point. Yes, by the fact that Mr. Trump’s dangling use of clemency is an abuse of power. The use of such offers of clemency formed the parts of the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.
But in this case, it might not even be necessary. Mr. Stone was highly unlikely, and a lifelong political soldier was going to flip on Trump. And it’s not clear he could meaningfully betray the President even if he wanted to: After decades of deception and dirty tricks, Stone’s words would have very questionable credibility issues with any prosecutor or the public for that matter.
So, does this matter? Yes. It does. Roger Stone lied to Congress. He held a top office close to the President of the United States. Mr. Stone was within reach of Top Secret or other privileged information. He had a duty, to tell the truth to the American People. He didn’t choose to lie and hide the facts to save his “friend,” Donald Trump. It’s completely underserving the American people to have a lie dangle over our country.