Stone: Kevin McCarthy Didn’t Want me Pardoned Because it Hurts GOP Election Chances
Donald Trump is going to do whatever he feels like doing. Of course, aides and GOP officials can give their advice, but it may or may not be heeded. Firings in the administration are frequent with campaign manager Brad Parscale being demoted just last night.
One case in point is the commutation of former Trump adviser Roger Stone. The move prompted public criticism from GOP senators Mitt Romney and Pat Toomey to go along with private criticism than others. According to Stone, this includes House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who thought absolving Stone would hurt 2020 election chances.
Stone made the revelation during an appearance on Charlie Kirk’s podcast. He told the host, “Congressman Matt Gaetz from my home state of Florida, who I know was out there when Kevin McCarthy and Elise Stefanik were arguing against any clemency for Roger Stone because it might cost the Republicans seats. I know that Matt Gaetz was standing tall, both privately and in public, on my behalf.”
Roger Stone today accused two top House allies of President Trump of privately advocating against Trump's decision to keep him out of prison last weekhttps://t.co/Gy2OtEkt3R
— POLITICO (@politico) July 16, 2020
Upon the commutation, the White House put out a statement that read in part, “The President has determined to commute his sentence. Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”
It is unclear whether or not the decision has hurt Trump of the GOP with voters. On Wednesday, though, Quinnipiac put out one of Trump’s worst polls yet. The survey had the President down by 15% to Joe Biden and with only a 36% approval rating.