Mitt Romney is slamming President Trump for commuting the sentence of longtime confidant Roger Stone, the Republican U.S. Senator joining the chorus of Democrats denouncing the decision.
“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” the former Massachusetts governor and current Utah pol tweeted Saturday in a blistering missive that garnered him some social media plaudits.
Trump’s action came just days before the 67-year-old Stone was set to report to federal prison Tuesday to serve out a 40-month sentence. Stone was found guilty in February of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.
Not long after Trump commuted his sentence, Stone told the Herald, “I live to fight another day.”
Trump tweeted Saturday morning, “Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place. It is the other side that are criminals, including Biden and Obama, who spied on my campaign — AND GOT CAUGHT!”
Do RINO’S Pat Toomey & Mitt Romney have any problem with the fact that we caught Obama, Biden, & Company illegally spying on my campaign? Do they care if Comey, McCabe, Page & her lover, Peter S, the whole group, ran rampant, wild & unchecked – lying & leaking all the way? NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2020
Romney, a frequent critic of Trump, disagreed, as did a host of Democrats, including many in the Massachusetts delegation.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Trump’s move as “an act of staggering corruption.” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez questioned, “Is there any power Trump won’t abuse?”
Trump’s Democratic foe in the general election, former Vice President Joe Biden, tweeted, “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Donald Trump is the most corrupt president in modern American history. Every day that he remains in office, he further threatens the future of our democracy.”
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential Biden running mate, slammed Trump as a president who “commits crimes and pardons guys who commit crimes for him,” while also Stone’s commuted sentence as fodder to promote electing Biden.
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and his primary challenger U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III both derided Trump’s decision, as did U.S. Reps. Richard Neal, Lori Trahan and Ayanna Pressley, the latter of whom called it “despicable.”
Herald wire services contributed to this report.
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