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“Do Pat Toomey and Mitt Romney of RINO have any problems with the fact that we captured Obama, Biden and Company by illegally spying on my campaign?” Trump asked in a tweet, claiming that an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections included “lying and losing all the way”.
“NO!” He added.
Do RINO’s Pat Toomey and Mitt Romney have any problems with the fact that we captured Obama, Biden and Company by illegally spying on my campaign? Do they care if Comey, McCabe, Page and his lover, Peter S, the whole group, ran wild, wild and uncontrolled, lying and losing all the way? NO!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2020
Romney and Toomey are so far the only Republican senators to publicly reprimand Trump’s move to commute Stone’s sentence. Former Republican agent was due to appear in prison on Tuesday to serve a 40-month sentence for crimes discovered in a previous special lawyer Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN Toobin warns that McCabe is in “dangerous condition” with the still-heated Trump CNN tearing up Trump on Stone while evoking the asphalt of Clinton-Lynch meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout OTHERInvestigate Russian interference and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Stone was convicted of seven criminal charges, including lying to Congress, witnessing tampering and hindering prosecution.
But on Friday, the White House announced that Trump had granted Stone clemency. Trump, who had previously hinted at intervening in Stone’s case, argued after the decision that Stone “was targeted by an illegal witch hunt.” White House press Kayleigh McEnany also said in a statement that Stone was “the victim of the Russian hoax that the left and its allies in the media have perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine Trump’s presidency.”
The move was widely denounced by the Democrats. Romney, a vocal Trump critic and the only Republican to vote to impeach him earlier this year, also said in a tweet that the move amounted to “unprecedented historical corruption”.
“An American president switches the sentence of a person sentenced by a jury for lying to protect the president himself,” Romney said.
Toomey called Trump’s move an “error”, noting the attorney general William BarrBill BarrGOP senator says Trump commuter Stone was a “mistake” Barr advised Trump not to give Clemency to Stone: report Trump switches Roger Stone’s sentence OTHER he had called Stone’s accusation “just” and the “right” sentence. The Justice Department leadership in February moved to reduce Stone’s initial conditional recommendation from seven to ten years.
“The president clearly has the legal and constitutional authority to provide clemency for federal crimes,” Toomey said in a statement. “However, this authority should be used judiciously and very rarely by any president.”
Stone was one of Trump’s numerous associates to be charged in connection with Mueller’s investigation. The investigation concluded last year that the campaign did not conspire with Russia, noting however that it welcomed Moscow’s efforts.
In a rare move, Mueller publicly defended the probe’s integrity on Saturday. In a Washington Post editorial, Stone said he “remains a convicted criminal, and rightly so.”
He noted that he felt compelled to respond to “both general claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office.”
“Stone was tried and convicted of committing federal crimes,” he said.