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Politics Clinton: Trump used his pardon power to 'shut up Roger Stone'

23:52  21 july  2020
23:52  21 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Trump accused of "corruption" in Washington for canceling the sentence of his friend Roger Stone

 Trump accused of © Supplied by Le Point An influential Republican senator joined his voice on Saturday with those of the Democrats to denounce as an act of "corruption" serious the Donald Trump's decision the day before to commute the sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone. Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a regular critic of Donald Trump, is the first influential member of the presidential party to speak out against this decision.

Hillary Clinton said Monday that President Trump used his pardon power to "shut up Roger Stone" by commuting his sentence.

Hillary Clinton wearing a microphone: Clinton: Trump used his pardon power to 'shut up Roger Stone' © Greg Nash Clinton: Trump used his pardon power to 'shut up Roger Stone'

The former Democratic presidential candidate told MSNBC's "The Reidout" that she believes Stone threatened Trump privately and publicly that if he had to go to prison, he would speak out about "what they actually did" during the 2016 election.

Mueller defends Stone prosecution and says 'his conviction stands' in Washington Post op-ed

  Mueller defends Stone prosecution and says 'his conviction stands' in Washington Post op-ed Former special counsel Robert Mueller, in a very rare move, has written an op-ed for The Washington Post defending his office's prosecution of Roger Stone and saying he is still a convicted felon and "rightly so" in light of President Donald Trump's commutation of Stone.Former special counsel Robert Mueller, in a very rare move, has written an op-ed for The Washington Post defending his office's prosecution of Roger Stone and saying he is still a convicted felon and "rightly so" in light of President Donald Trump's commutation of Stone.

"This is a continuation of the cover up," she said.

"What he did was to use the awesome power of commutation as part of the pardon power of the president to basically shut up Roger Stone so that Roger Stone would not spill any more beans about what actually happened and how much Donald Trump actually knew," she added.

Earlier this month, Trump commuted his former campaign adviser's sentence of three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing an official proceeding.

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  Schiff blasts GOP for failing to stand up to Trump, not defending the 'rule of law' House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff appears on ABC's "This Week." "Donald Trump understands that he has these Republicans cowed. They won't stand up to him, they won't defend the rule of law," Schiff told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.

Stone was the last of six Trump associates to be charged in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the 2016 campaign's ties to Russia. Mueller concluded that the Trump campaign welcomed Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, but said he did not have evidence to charge campaign members with conspiring to interfere in the election.

The president had repeatedly signaled that he would get involved with Stone's case and commuted the sentence days before Stone was set to go to prison. A White House statement announcing the commutation said Stone was the "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."

After his commutation, Stone said he plans to help campaign for Trump's reelection.

House Dems push legislation to criminalize quid-pro-quo pardons .
The sweeping measure is aimed at curtailing abuses of the pardon power that Democrats allege were committed by President Donald Trump.Under the updated proposal from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a presidential pardon granted — or dangled — in order to obtain a "thing of value" would be punished under federal bribery laws. The restriction would include not just pardons but commutations — reprieves that reduce criminals' prison sentences but maintain their convictions.

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