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Politics Schiff: Supporters of rule of law ’nauseated’ by Trump letting Roger Stone go free

20:52  12 july  2020
20:52  12 july  2020 Source:   politico.com

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Schiff also added that the legal change is “destructive of the justice system and the rule of law .” Congressman Adam Schiff , a Democrat and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the commutation of Roger Stone conveys a message that, “if you lie for the President, if you cover up

Donald Trump has abandoned the rule of law and made a mockery of our democracy. Jordan, a staunch Trump supporter on Capitol Hill, posted, "Like every president, President Trump has the constitutional right to I support President Trump ’s decision to commute Roger Stone ’s sentence.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff slammed President Donald Trump on Sunday, calling the president’s commutation of longtime confidant Roger Stone an affront to the rule of law.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff © Drew Angerer/Getty Images House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff

“The president through this commutation is basically saying, if you lie for me, if you cover up for me, if you have my back, then I will make sure that you get a get-out-of-jail-free card,” Schiff said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

“Other Americans, different standards. Friends of the president’s, accomplices of this president, they get off scot-free,” the California Democrat added.

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Adam Schiff , chair of the House Intelligence Committee, reacts to the news that Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone , accusing Trump and Bill Barr of reducing U.S. democracy to mafia rules .

14, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone accompanied by his wife Nydia Stone , right, arrives at federal House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff called it “offensive to the rule of law and Trump went on a clemency spree in February, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov.

Trump commuted Stone’s 40-month prison sentence on Friday, just days before Stone was set to head to prison. He had been convicted on seven felony counts including lying to Congress and witness intimidation in an effort to thwart investigations of Russia’s 2016 election interference.

The move was widely expected after the president repeatedly criticized his prosecution and sentence, but it nevertheless immediately drew outrage from Democrats in Congress, and even a pair of Republican senators rebuked the decision.

Schiff on Sunday asserted that those who care about the rule of law, as Trump professes to do, are likely “nauseated” by Stone’s commutation. “This should be offensive to you if you care about the rule of law and you care about justice.”

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  Trump just commuted Roger Stone’s sentence Stone was convicted for lying to Congress and witness tampering in the Mueller probe.Stone, a longtime Republican operative, was convicted in November 2019 for obstructing a congressional investigation, lying to Congress, and witness tampering in a trial that stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. On February 20, Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone , a longtime friend and former campaign adviser who was to spend “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!” Schiff : Trump commuting Stone an appalling attack on rule of law .

Schiff : Trump commuting Stone an appalling attack on rule of law . Trump had said in remarks on the day of Stone 's Feb. 20th sentencing that he had no immediate plans to intervene in his case. "I'm not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States.

In a statement Friday announcing Trump’s intervention in Stone’s case, the White House slammed special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, from which Stone’s conviction stemmed, but did not explicitly mention that six of the seven felonies Stone was convicted of pertained solely to efforts to deceive Congress. The official explanation of the commutation also asserted that Stone would never have been prosecuted if Mueller had not been appointed.

The statement also played down the charges Stone faced, calling them “process-based” and suggesting that they weren’t necessarily crimes at all. Instead, the White House argued, they were leveled “to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface.”

But even Mueller, whose two-year investigation and the time since have been marked by radio silence in the face of criticism, broke his silence on Stone's commutation in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Saturday.

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14, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone accompanied by his wife Nydia Stone , right, arrives at federal House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff called it “offensive to the rule of law and Trump went on a clemency spree in February, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov.

Stone was sentenced in February to three years, four months in federal prison for obstructing a congressional investigation of Russia's 2016 presidential election meddling. Video: Schiff : Trump commuting Stone 's sentence is 'so destructive' to the rule of law (MSNBC).

Still, for all of the outcry, Schiff did not appear enthusiastic about the prospect of impeaching Trump again, slamming members of the president’s party for remaining silent on the issue and contending that even former President Richard M. Nixon would not have been so bold and would have faced repercussions from his party.

“This is distinction between now and Watergate. The Republicans at that time would not have stood for this, and Nixon understood that,” Schiff claimed. “But Donald Trump understands that he has these Republicans cowed, they won't stand up to him, they won't defend the rule of law.”

The two Republican senators who did speak out against the commutation, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, were rebuked late Saturday in a tweet from Trump calling them “RINO’s” — Republicans in name only.

Another prominent elected Republican and frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, also criticized the move.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hogan called the appearance of Trump saving a close ally from prison problematic even as he acknowledged Trump’s clemency powers as president.

“That doesn't mean he should have” commuted Stone’s sentence, he argued. “And we've got a guy whose convicted of seven felonies, a couple months before an election, for the president to take this action, it’s certainly gonna hurt politically.”

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