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Politics The rage behind Trump's action on Roger Stone (opinion)

18:41  11 july  2020
18:41  11 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Facebook removes Roger Stone accounts linked to 'inauthentic behavior'

  Facebook removes Roger Stone accounts linked to 'inauthentic behavior' Facebook said much of the "inauthentic behavior" occurred just before and after the 2016 election. It said it took down 54 associated accounts.Nathaniel Gleicher, the social media giant's chief of security policy, said Stone used Facebook to manipulate the public conversation in the U.S. That kind of "coordinated inauthentic behavior" violates Facebook's rules.

Democrats denounced Trump ' s action . A longtime Trump friend and informal adviser, Stone boasted during the campaign that he was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange through a trusted intermediary and hinted at inside knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release more than 19,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called Roger Stone to inform his longtime political confidant that he would commute his sentence for crimes related to the Russia investigation, Stone told The Associated Press on Friday, just days before he was set to report to prison.

President Donald Trump, thrown back on his heels by a growing number of events, circumstances and political adversaries he cannot master, snatched back a bit of control Friday by commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, one of his earliest and most steadfast political allies.

Roger Stone, Donald Trump that are wearing glasses and a suit and tie © Getty Images

Stone remains a convicted felon, having lied to Congress about foreign interference in the 2016 election and pressured a witness to do the same. But he won't have to serve the 40-month sentence handed down by a judge -- and, in theory, could persuade an appeals court to reverse his conviction or secure a full pardon from Trump.

Clemency expected for Roger Stone as prison clock winds down

  Clemency expected for Roger Stone as prison clock winds down President Donald Trump is publicly teasing clemency for his friend and former political adviser, Roger Stone, days before Stone is set to report to a federal prison in Georgia. At least half a dozen people close to the President told CNN it's widely believed he'll pardon or commute Stone's sentence, though the timing is still unclear. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/Getty Images Roger Stone, former adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives at E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse on February 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The clock for Stone is ticking.

Roger Stone is now a free man!" Mr Trump had been hinting about a reprieve for Stone for months, including on Thursday night in an interview with a Fox News host. While the action will be sharply criticised, at this point in the Trump presidency his critics and his allies appear pretty much set in stone .

The action , which Trump had foreshadowed in recent days, underscores the president’s lingering rage over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation Democrats denounced Trump ' s action . House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff called it “offensive to the rule of law and principles of justice.

An angry announcement about Stone issued by the White House reflected the rage of an administration that is besieged and bewildered, hemmed in -- this week alone -- by skyrocketing Covid-19 cases; wretchedly bad poll numbers; the looming release of a tell-all book by President Trump's niece, Mary Trump; and a Supreme Court decision that means Trump's personal taxes could be seen by prosecutors soon.

Trump can't change the Covid-19 numbers or the Supreme Court ruling, but he, like every president, has the unquestioned, unreviewable power to commute federal sentences. Trump seized on the privilege with gusto and simultaneously lashed out at his enemies -- primarily, special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation led to the questioning of Stone and his subsequent lies under oath.

President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone

  President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, the White House announced on Friday. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump “signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.

Roger Stone , a longtime adviser to US president Donald Trump , leaves after his sentencing hearing. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA. The action , which Mr Trump had foreshadowed in recent days, reflects his lingering rage over the Russia investigation and is a testament to his conviction that he

US President Donald Trump has commuted the ‘Russiagate’ sentence of Roger Stone , a political operative who briefly worked on his 2016 campaign, just as Stone was ordered to report to prison to serve time behind bars. Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Stone in February to 40 months in

"Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency," the White House statement said. "These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice. This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone."

That is a fantastic departure from reality, of course. There's abundant evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, facts eventually compiled in a special report issued by the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee.

But Trump, wielding his clemency powers, did not bother being accurate, fair or measured. "Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case," the White House statement concludes. "Roger Stone is now a free man!"

Trump will commute ally Roger Stone's prison sentence, source tells NBC News

  Trump will commute ally Roger Stone's prison sentence, source tells NBC News Roger Stone, a longtime ally and confidant of President Trump, was convicted of lying to Congress about efforts to get information on emails stolen by Russian agents from Hillary Clinton's campaign chief.On Friday morning, Trump said he was "looking at" a pardon for Stone, who was "very unfairly treated.

Goldman on Roger Stone : Trump basically commuted a co-conspirator. Adam Shiff slams President Trump ' s decision to commute Roger Stone 's sentence. FOX News. Rucker: Trump sees case against Stone as a case against himself.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Goldman reacts to the shocking commutation of Roger Stone by Trump just months before he faces re-election. Lawrence and Rachel on Trump ' s commutation of Roger Stone .

The commutation signals Trump's place at the center of Washington power politics. His health experts might contradict him; his Supreme Court appointees might vote against him; members of his family might attack him. But only the president can commute federal sentences, and nobody can stop or reverse the action.

Those who see Trump's favor to Stone as an effort to keep him quiet are missing the point. Yes, Trump's dangling of clemency is an abuse of power, and such offers of clemency formed part of the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

But in this case, it might not even be necessary. It was highly unlikely that Stone, a lifelong political soldier, was going to flip on Trump. And it's not clear he could meaningfully betray the president even if he wanted to: After decades of deception and dirty tricks, Stone's word would have little credibility with prosecutors or the public.

So Stone, the self-described dirty trickster, slips out of one of the tightest fixes of his colorful life. The fate of one political operative is the least of Trump's problems. But this was one problem he could solve with the stroke of a pen.

Errol Louis wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © CNN Errol Louis

Trump's defiant help for Stone adds to tumult in Washington .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s intervention into a criminal case connected to his own conduct drew fierce rebukes Saturday from Democrats and a few lonely Republicans, with calls for investigations and legislation. But it remained to be seen if Trump’s most recent defiance of the conventions of his office to commute the sentence of political confidant Roger Stone, just four months before Election Day, would matter to voters grappling with a deadly COVID-19 surge and a national discourse on racial justice.

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