Commuting of Roger Stone’s jail sentence under scrutiny

14 Juillet, 2020, 06:54 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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The commutation does not erase Stone's felony convictions but allows Stone to avoid setting foot in prison for his crimes. In February, he was sentenced to 40 months in prison after he was found guilty in November of obstructing an official congressional proceeding, witness tampering and five counts of lying to Congress.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller chose to break his silence and defend his investigation this weekend after weeks of contemplating doing so, in part because an inflammatory and factually incorrect White House statement attacked his prosecution of President Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone, according to multiple sources familiar with the Mueller team.

A few hours later, the Justice Department released the full text of Trump's clemency order, which stated that "the entirety" of Stone's sentence, supervised release and fine should be voided.

Trump, who long has dismissed allegations that Russian Federation helped him win as "fake news", said he commuted Stone's sentence because Stone had been "treated very unfairly".

"But the President's conduct could also be viewed as reflecting his awareness that Stone could provide evidence that would run counter to the President's denials and would link the President to Stone's efforts to reach out to WikiLeaks", the Mueller Report concludes.

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who presided over Stone's trial, set a July 14 deadline to receive a copy of Trump's clemency order along with an explanation about whether it also commutes the period that Stone was meant to be supervised after leaving prison.

Hannity turned that claim around, asking Stone whether prosecutors had attempted to get him to feed them "certain things" regardless of "whether they were true or not". He also updated members of the Trump campaign about the timing of the WikiLeaks releases, something that he denied.

"She made it very clear to one of my lawyers", Stone said, "after a hearing she asked to see him privately, that if I would re-remember certain phone conversations I had with candidate Trump, if I would come clean, if I would confess that they might be willing to, you know, recommend leniency to the judge". "Unprecedented, historic corruption: An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president", Sen. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary.

"When a subject lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government's efforts to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable", Mr. Mueller wrote.

Mueller did not specify who was making the claims, but it appeared to be an obvious reference to Trump, who as recently as Saturday derided the investigation as this "whole political witch hunt and the Mueller scam". But he was scathing about the legal system that convicted him. The president blamed the jury forewoman and Jackson, saying Stone "should have had another trial".



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