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Stone Commutation Views Break Down Along Party Lines

Stone Commutation Views Break Down Along Party Lines
Roger Stone leaves Federal Court after a sentencing hearing Feb. 20, 2020, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty)

By    |   Friday, 10 July 2020 09:03 PM

President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison stint of longtime adviser Roger Stone was met ,perhaps predictably, by praise on the right, and scorn on the left.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is frequently aligned with the president, on Friday night tweeted that the decision “would be justified.”

“Mr. Stone is in his 70s and this was a non-violent, first-time offense,” he wrote.

In a follow-up, he added: “Equally important: Over time we learn how biased and corrupt Crossfire Hurricane and the Mueller probes were.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, tweeted his support as well.

“Roger Stone’s prosecution by overzealous Special Counsel prosecutors was an outgrowth of the Obama-Biden misconduct,” he said. 

“Like every president, President Trump has the constitutional right to commute sentences where he believes it serves the interests of fairness and justice.”

Never-Trumper Bill Kristol, however, lamented, “In Donald Trump's America, Roger Stone is rewarded for lying and Lt. Col. Vindman is punished for telling the truth.”

“Trump's America: Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air,”  he added, quoting from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

Trump critic and "Star Trek" icon George Takei said mockingly, ”Let he who is without morals commute the first Stone."

And Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., former Orlando police chief and a potential VP pick for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, called the commutation “disgraceful.”

“Roger Stone was sentenced to prison for an illegal cover-up of the pro-Trump Russian attack on our 2016 election. For the president to now commute his prison sentence is pure authoritarian corruption,” she wrote.

“Regardless of our political parties or differences, we all know this is disgraceful. Pray that our republic will endure,” she added.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Schiff said the commutation showed the corruption of the Trump administration. “With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

“Donald Trump, Bill Barr, and all those who enable them pose the gravest of threats to the rule of law.”​

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President Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison stint of longtime adviser Roger Stone was met ,perhaps predictably, by praise on the right, and scorn on the left. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is frequently aligned with the president, on Friday night tweeted that...
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