Long-time Trump ally Roger Stone was recently sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for lying to Congress. Yet as far as President Donald Trump is concerned, if Stone deserves this, there are plenty of others who should be going to jail too.
Trump isn’t the only one who feels that way. “By these standards, Rep. Adam Schiff should be in jail. He, too, lied to Congress,” writes conservative writer Wayne Dupree.
“Schiff should be in jail”
“Ironic that it’s not illegal for members of Congress to lie on the record during their proceedings or when former FBI officials lie during investigations or cabinet secretaries can violate the national security act amongst other laws and yet they aren’t charged or held accountable,” Dupree, a featured contributor for The Political Insider website, wrote.
He went on to predict that Trump “will either commute the sentence or give Stone a full Pardon, regardless of this verdict.”
Dupree added, “It’s not only the proper and correct thing to do under the circumstances, but it’s also the politically smart thing to do as well; two things that aren’t necessarily compatible in politics.”
Obama judge sentences Stone
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, handed Stone’s sentence down on Thursday morning.
“In response to defense’s argument of ‘Who cares?'” journalist Bill Rehkopf quoted her as saying, “The U.S. Congress cared. The government and the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s office cared. The American people cared. I cared.”
Jackson proceeded to sentence Stone despite the emergence of evidence that he did not receive a fair trial. His jury forewoman, Tomeka Hart, had made multiple anti-Trump and anti-Stone social media posts, some as the trial was being conducted. Another juror made donations to left-wing candidates and causes. Stone’s legal team has requested a new trial, which the judge is considering.
President Trump quickly took to Twitter, where he voiced his disapproval of Stone’s sentence, comparing it with how his opponents had been treated.
“They say Roger Stone lied to Congress,” the president began, tagging CNN. “OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?”
Whether Trump will pardon Stone or not remains up in the air. On Thursday, he said he preferred to see how the legal process turns out.
“I want to see it play out to its fullest, because Roger has a very good chance of exoneration,” Trump said during a speech. “But we will watch the process and watch it very closely. And at some point I will make a determination. But Roger Stone and everybody has to be treated fairly.”