In yet another of his attacks on President Donald Trump, Sen Mitt Romney (R-UT) took to twitter over the weekend to assail the commander in chief’s recent decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime political operative Roger Stone, the Daily Caller reported.
“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney tweeted on Saturday morning.
Stone sentence commuted
After months of speculation about whether or not President Trump would either grant a pardon or a commutation to Stone, it finally happened, as Fox News reported.
On Friday, the White House announced that the president signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting Stone’s prison sentence.
“Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place,” the president tweeted the morning after making the decision in Stone’s case. “It is the other side that are criminals, including Biden and Obama, who spied on my campaign — AND GOT CAUGHT!”
Besides the fact that Stone’s conviction came as a part of what the Trump administration has often referred to as the Russia “collusion delusion,” the president has also taken issue with the way Stone’s trial actually unfolded. After it was discovered that the jury forewoman in Stone’s case had a history of left-wing activism and anti-Trump social media posts, Stone asked for a new trial, but his request was denied, as The New York Times noted.
Spared the “death penalty”
Stone was facing 40 months behind bars on seven criminal counts of obstruction, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress stemming from the Russia collusion investigation, as CNBC noted.
Stone has said that with this grant of clemency, President Trump has effectively “saved his life,” according to NBC News.
In recent weeks, Stone participated in interviews in which he has expressed his concern about going to prison and potentially contracting the coronavirus, which, at his age, he believed was akin to the “death penalty.”
How soon they forget
It really ought to come as no surprise that Sen. Romney has once again joined the Democrats, this time in condemning Trump’s commutation of Stone’s sentence, regardless of the blatant double-standard his criticism represents. Earlier this year, Romney was the only Senate Republican to align with Senate Democrats in voting to convict President Trump on the impeachment charge of obstructing Congress.
The outrage from Romney, the media, and the left over Stone’s commutation is particularly amusing considering the pardons that have issued forth from Democratic administrations in recent memory. These notably include President Bill Clinton’s decision to grant pardons to his own brother for felony cocaine distribution as well as to a witness in the Whitewater investigation that potentially implicated both him and his wife.
Clinton’s pardon of “fugitive financier” Marc Rich — viewed by many as a naked “political payoff,” as National Review noted, was so egregious that even liberal stalwarts Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Paul Wellstone took serious exception at the time.
“Unprecedented” corruption? Not even close.