Senior Democrats bomb Trump's rule, Roger Stone

Senior Democrats bomb Trump's rule, Roger Stone
Two prominent American Democrats on Sunday condemned the pardon of President Donald Trump for his old friend Roger Stone, as he served a 40-month prison sentence for political violations, saying it was a distortion of American legal standards.

"It is amazing corruption," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of Trump's easing of Stone's punishment in a CNN interview.

Pelosi said of the seven convictions issued by a jury against Stone: "People should know that this is not just about lying to Congress, and that means lying to the American people, and see the absurdity and the rest." "It is about our national security."

The U.S. presidential authority to oversee amnesty and commutation is almost unlimited, but Pelosi said that future legislation would restrict the president from moving, pardoning, or offering clemency to anyone convicted of a crime affecting the president’s behavior and conviction.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who oversaw isolation measures against Trump last year, was a guest on Sunday on ABC News's "This Week" program.

He said: "Anyone who cares about the rule of law in this country feels nauseous that the president commuted the sentence of someone who deliberately lied to Congress, covered the president, and terrified witnesses, impeded the investigation." "It doesn't matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, this should be offensive to you if you care about the rule of law and are concerned with justice."

Schiff, a long-time critic of Trump, said Stone "lied to cover and protect the president."

Schiff said that Trump, by doing it Friday night to prevent Stone from going to prison, "basically says through this relief," if you lie to me, if you cover up for me, if you have my back, then I will make sure you get a card out of prison Free from prison.

“Other Americans? Schiff said different standards. "Friends of the President, who are accomplices to the President, escape prison."

Two Republicans in the Senate, Mitt Romney and Pat Tommy, on Saturday attacked Trump's actions.

Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to former President Barack Obama, described Trump's easing of Stone's punishment as "an unprecedented historical corruption: an American president commutes a sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to protect this particular president."

Tommy, from Eastern Pennsylvania, said that Trump "clearly has the legal and constitutional authority to grant clemency for federal crimes," but he described his work as "a mistake." Tommy said that Stone "was duly convicted of lying to Congress, witnessing the absurdity and obstructing the congressional investigation conducted by a Republican-led commission."

In a Saturday evening Tweet, Trump called Romney and Tommy "Reno," a shorthand for "Republicans by name only."

"Stone has been dealt with unfairly," Trump said Saturday night about commuting his prison sentence in Stone. The president blamed the verdict jury and judge, and said Stone "should have had another trial."

"In my opinion, that would be justified. Mr. Stone is in his seventies, and this was a nonviolent crime for the first time," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Republican House of Representatives, before Trump's behavior.

Sixty-six years old.

A sixty jury convicted seven crimes, including witnessing and lying to federal authorities, and a judge sentenced him to 40 months in prison. He had to go to prison this week before Trump commuted the sentence, but he did not forgive him, leaving his convictions in place.

Clemency on Stone was the thirty-sixth Trump granted, with 180 rejected. Many of those whom Trump had given were political supporters or suggested by people he knew, rather than being addressed through the regular amnesty procedures overseen by the U.S. Department of Justice.

At the same points in their presidency, 3 and a half years after taking office, Trump's six predecessors acted on the basis of hundreds or thousands of clemency petitions.

One of the jurors at Stone's trial, Seth Cousins, told The Washington Post, "It is a terrible, horrific act for the president to reduce the sentence of a person convicted of lying to protect him. The truth is that Roger Stone is a convicted culprit, and he has been convicted of seven counts of lying to Congress, intimidating a witness and obstructing the investigation. Nothing. Trump or anyone did, or can do that, changes this fact. "

Special Adviser Robert Muller, who led the investigation into whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in 2016 to help him win, wrote in an article published by the opinion that the investigation was "of the utmost importance" and Stone stressed that "he is still a convicted offender, rightly and thus."

After a lengthy investigation, Muller's investigation found no clear evidence that the Trump campaign was coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 elections and did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump was obstructing justice. However, the long-standing Justice Department policy says that current US presidents cannot be charged with criminal offenses.

Late on Friday, Trump spokeswoman Kylie Makenani said that Trump had granted clemency to Stone "in light of the heinous facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair trial, detention, and trial."

She said: "Roger Stone is a victim of Russia's hoax left by the left and its allies in the media for years in an attempt to undermine Trump's presidency." There was no collusion between the Trump campaign, or the Trump administration, with Russia. Such collusion was never the imagination of the two parties unable to accept the outcome of the 2016 elections.

McNanny concluded his speech by saying: "The accomplice illusion has led to endless and farcical investigations conducted at the expense of a large taxpayer, looking for evidence that does not exist."

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