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Trump Commutes Roger Stone Sentence

Trump Commutes Roger Stone Sentence

White House statement: “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”

Donald Trump has commuted the 40-month prison sentence given to Roger Stone.

President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, according to the White House, using the power of his office to help a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.

Mr. Stone, 67, a longtime Republican operative convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation into Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, has been openly lobbying for clemency, maintaining that he could die in prison and emphasizing that he had stayed loyal to the president rather than help investigators.

“He knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him,” Mr. Stone told the journalist Howard Fineman on Friday before the announcement. “It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn’t.”



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Colonel Travis | July 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

Not a fan of this Stone fellow but this is awesome. The left needs to be punched back hard.

    Dantzig93101 in reply to Colonel Travis. | July 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Respectfully, Colonel, mitigating an evil that should never have occurred in the first place hardly counts as punching back.

    It shows how low our expectations have sunk. So far, all the pain has been taken by the American side. Gen. Santa Anna would be laughing at us.

      JimWoo in reply to Dantzig93101. | July 10, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      It’s a good start.

      Colonel Travis in reply to Dantzig93101. | July 10, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      When did I say it was deserved? Nothing the left does is ever deserved and it is rarely punished.

      Colonel Travis in reply to Dantzig93101. | July 10, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      What else is Trump supposed to do, specifically, with Roger Stone? Fire Barr? Throw the prosecutors in jail? He’s not a king. This is a tool in his toolbox and he used it immediately.

      This country is half-full of idiots who cheer tyranny. It’s gonna take more than just one president to right the ship, and I am confident it will never happen in my lifetime. The left fights for the long haul. The right does not. Trump is a rarity who pushes back.

This is “Clemency” and not a full presidential pardon. I guess Mr. Stone has to surrender his weapons since he will remain a convicted felon. (Did I miss something?)

    legacyrepublican in reply to Redneck Law. | July 10, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    I have a feeling that after a victory in November, Stone will get his pardon.

      A pardon, or perhaps he wins upon appeal.

      President Trump is keeping him out of jail while the court battle continues.

      Good for President Trump. He is courageous.

        Ha. I even downvoted my own comment! Barry, I think you are correct in that the long game is being played here. As long as Stone is punished with a felony conviction, his avenues to appeal his conviction remain wide open. I would love to see what the Court of Appeals will do with the Jury foreperson and the trial judge’s obvious bias.

        (Who disagrees with my comment about Roger being a convicted felon. Is it not a statement of fact? Are there penalties attached to being a felon?)

          BierceAmbrose in reply to Redneck Law. | July 10, 2020 at 10:25 pm

          “…the long game is being played here.”

          Very Trumpian.

          Feral, next move, granular advantage looks a lot like a long game or 4d chess in hindsight.

          — Latest time to keep an old man out of jail, with yet some potential appeals, n unknown developments from investigations in progr3ess.

          — Keeps in play n reinforces the Flynn prosecution.

          — “Clemency” isn’t pardon: keeps the disparate sentencing, “the process is the punishment” issues front and center.

          — Loyalty to people who took harm on his project.

          — Fodder for “illegit prosecution”, n “use of govt, for political operations” claims.

          Plenty of people will be P-O-ed. Aside from the popcorn bonus, they’d never have voted for TheOrangeCrush anyway. Does demoralize them a bit: that one got away.

          Meanwhile, pickes off a few more voters, n snags a few more every time it’s in the news cycle. Doing this, n doing it this way keeps it in the news cycle, more than once.

Nice. Not a Stone fan, He should STFU and go away, but…nice move

I don’t have to be a fan of Roger Stone to recognize inexcusable abuse of power.

Katy L. Stamper | July 10, 2020 at 9:13 pm

OT: Trump has told Telemundo he is going to give DACAs a path to citizenship. On Breitbart front page.

Perfect tolling on Flynn. I guess Sullivan will get the message. Stone is a character, but I actually like him.

He played with fire and got burn. I saw the HBO thing on him and I laughed. Bias piece of BS I even saw. Stone played it smart, Cohen did not.

Good Luck Roger, you are a showman. Looking forward to your next show.

Terence G. Gain | July 10, 2020 at 10:04 pm

Good for President Trump. I would’ve been very disappointed if he had not commuted the sentence of a man who should never have been prosecuted and certainly didn’t receive a fair trial.

My own interactions with Stone several years ago confirm that he is very much a blowhard who thinks he has clout that he may or may not actually have. He’s pretty much harmless, but also a bit of a waste of time to engage.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to UJ. | July 10, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    With that description you cast a pretty broad net into the sea of political wannabes swimming around D.C. Double that for most statehouses. Roger is not a unicorn by any stretch.

    puhiawa in reply to UJ. | July 11, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Well said.

EVEN IF Roger Stone was guilty: there is no more rule of law in the United States. It ended in 2008.

Being the rule of law ended, Stone is on our side, so we might as well protect him from any ‘wrong-doing’ against the other side.

Moral of the story: don’t end the rule of law, or you can’t complain.

OT: police have seized the rifle owned by the St. Louis couple who defended themselves.

The Soros-owned DA Kim Gardner intends to make an example of the couple for standing up to the Red Guard that had broken into their property.

    I don’t think most of us realize how sinister this is.

    Maoism is here – right here in the US.

    McCloskey should run for office.

    Since ha has not been charged with a crime, he can legally purchase another

      Barry in reply to MarkS. | July 11, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Under what authority did the police seize a weapon?

      Defund the police works for me. When they act they protect the criminals.

        Mac45 in reply to Barry. | July 11, 2020 at 12:46 pm

        There is an ongoing criminal investigation into unlawful use of a firearm. Whether this investigation is legitimate or not is another matter. So, the “firearms” involved are evidence. And, they can be seized as evidence, pending certain tests, such as functionality. Should no charges be filed, then the owner of the weapon can reclaim it.

        See, this is why you never have only one firearm. If you use it, in any capacity, it will likely be seized, at least for a while. And, it may be difficult to run right out and replace it. So, if you own one firearm, which you may have to use in self defense, you better own two.

          Barry in reply to Mac45. | July 11, 2020 at 6:06 pm

          There may be an ongoing political investigation, but there is no law broken to investigate.

          I agree you need multiple weapons. You can’t trust either the political boobs or their police hires.

          Mac45 in reply to Mac45. | July 11, 2020 at 7:41 pm

          There is, most likely, no criminal violation involved here. However, if a report of criminality is made and an investigation ensues, then it has to be done by the book. I have seen investigators jump to conclusions of innocence which were later shown to be incorrect. And, by that time, evidence was either contaminated, lost or destroyed. So, it is always a good idea to follow procedure.

          Barry in reply to Mac45. | July 12, 2020 at 1:49 am

          I get what you’re saying Mac, but we know what is going on here.

Two of the prosecutors in the Stone case were lawyers on the corrupt Mueller investigation. Recall how those lawyers gave AG Barr one set of sentencing guidelines for 3 to 4 years and gave a different set to the court for 9 to 10 years. Then, after Barr submitted the first set of guidelines to the court, the lawyers quit “in protest” claiming that it was Barr’s idea to change Stone’s sentence.

Everyone who was charged by Mueller should also be pardoned since the whole purpose of the probe was to indict anyone associated with the Trump campaign on phony process crimes. Mueller knew from the first day he got the files from the FBI that there was zero collusion between Trump and Russia. So, for nearly two years, Mueller and his band of dirt bags set up perjury traps for innocent people to make it look like everyone connected with Trump was a bad guy.

    Mac45 in reply to DrRJP. | July 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Remember, ther Mueller SC investigation was not about Trump-Russia collusion. That was alla red herring to disguise the actual basis for the SAC, obstruction of justice. Russia-Trump collusion was noit a criminal investigation, it was a counter intelligence investigation. And, under statute, a Special Council can not investigate CI matters, only crimes. The Collusion investigation was illegally moved to the SC for three reasons. The first was to keep it alive. The President has to be briefed on all ongoing CI investigations, as they impact his planning of foreign policy. So, by moving it to the Mueller SC, the FBI would not have to inform Trump of the status of the investigation. The second reason was to make it possible to transfer all the personnel involved in the investigation to the SC, thereby shielding them from Trump and the WH. The third reason was to give cover to the obstruction of justice investigation [predicated on Trump’s dismissal of Comey] and to allow justification for a far greater range of operation for the SC.

    MarkS in reply to DrRJP. | July 11, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    That’s why my advice is to never, ever say a word to anyone that has the authority to arrest and/or prosecute you.

Gremlin1974 | July 11, 2020 at 8:46 am

Just his politicized and disgraceful arrest that got broadcast live on CNN is enough to justify this step. Not to mention that his “convictions” stem from an investigation that was unfounded and unjustified in the first place.

    Milhouse in reply to Gremlin1974. | July 12, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Only if you think every person who was illegally subjected to a “perp walk” should automatically be released.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | July 11, 2020 at 5:19 pm

I don’t understand why Trump would commute his sentence now. Four months before the election. It would look better if Stone served SOME time, then Trump can issue the pardon – saying he believes the sentence is too long, or he is worried about Stone’s health, or whatever.

It gives the Ds, Never Trumpers and media one more thing to scream about for the next four months.

Trump obviously knows how it looks. I think it’s a bad sign. I wonder if Trump is getting polling he trusts and he’s worried he may lose.