On Friday night, President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his longtime ally Roger Stone, meaning the political operative would not have to spend a day behind bars. After convictions on an array of criminal charges, all of which were related to an obstruction of justice scheme, Stone had been set to report to prison for an over three-year sentence on July 14, which is this coming Tuesday. Trump immediately attracted widespread criticism for his latest act of brazen corruption. Utah’s Republican Senator Mitt Romney joined in on the criticism, publicly taking Trump to task in a Saturday Twitter post in which he condemned the president’s “Unprecedented, historic corruption.”
There’s truly no way around it — Trump used the powers of his office for the personal benefit of a political ally. None of the facts of Stone’s case changed, and there was no apparent support for the sentence commutation among individuals like the federal prosecutors who originally handled his case. Trump just wanted to give an ally a break.
‘Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.’
Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 11, 2020
Romney was the only Republican Senator to vote to convict Trump of either of the charges against him at his Senate impeachment trial. Specifically, Romney voted to convict Trump of abuse of power over his attempt to bribe Ukraine into investigating the Bidens. He attracted a lot of criticism from the president and his allies for the decision — but he’s not the one who should be worried about his political career. He’s not even up for re-election this year, while Trump, who is, loses big time to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in many polls across the country.
In their original statement trying to justify Stone’s sentence getting erased, the White House included “a dozen lies and false claims about the Russia investigation, Mueller’s team, and key details of Stone’s criminal case,” CNN’s Marshall Cohen reported. One of the key lies was their claim that the original charges against Stone were leveled because of some kind of animosity towards the Trump team. There is absolutely no evidence for this conspiracy — Stone was charged and convicted because he was guilty.
FACT-CHECK: The White House statement about Trump commuting Roger Stone's prison sentence was littered with a dozen lies and false claims about the Russia investigation, Mueller's team, and key details of Stone's criminal case. Here's my full breakdown. https://t.co/aGdgaMdJPy
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) July 11, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Romney below: