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Romney: Trump’s Stone Commutation is “Historic Corruption”

The decision to commute the sentence of a convicted former campaign adviser would be considered brazen at anytime in history. But Donald Trump’s decision to save Roger Stone from jail-time, wasn’t so much brazen as it was completely expected.

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The fact that Trump decided to make the move on a Friday was beneficial for GOP lawmakers. Many senators and congresspeople won’t have to answer questions about the commutation until  Monday. Mitt Romney, however, got a jump on the issue. He took to Twitter on Saturday to call Trump’s move, “historically corrupt.

The Utah senator tweeted on Saturday, “Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.”

That Romney would come out against a Trump decision isn’t a huge surprise. In February of this year, the Utah senator was the lone Republican to vote to convict the President during his impeachment trial. He said at the time, “The president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process. And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one’s oath—that I can imagine. It’s what autocrats do.”

There were other Republicans, though, that reacted to the announcement with glee. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted:

“Roger Stone’s prosecution by overzealous Special Counsel prosecutors was an outgrowth of the Obama-Biden misconduct. Like every president, President Trump has the constitutional right to commute sentences where he believes it serves the interests of fairness and justice.”



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