It’s Friday evening and time once again for the Trump Administration to make another unpopular move that it would rather you didn’t see repeated over and over on the news. In this weekend’s installment, President Trump has commuted the sentence of former campaign advisor and longtime associate Roger Stone.
You may remember that Stone was convicted on seven counts relating to the Russia investigation. These included obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering, which included allegedly threatening to kill the dog of liberal talk-show host Randy Credico. Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison earlier this year. He was scheduled to report to a federal prison next Tuesday.
In a statement that reads like a Breitbart op-ed, the White House called Stone a “victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.“
The statement also cites the fact that Stone, 67, would be at “serious medical risk” in prison. This is despite the president’s repeated attempts to urge Americans back to work and school even as new Coronavirus cases spike around the country.
Stone’s commutation comes two months after Attorney General Barr ordered charges dropped against another Trump crony, Mike Flynn. The former National Security Advisor was fired for lying to Trump Administration officials, including Vice President Pence, and he admitted to lying to FBI agents.
The situation can be summarized thusly: The self-proclaimed “law and order” president has now intervened to get two of his shady acquaintances out of jail. All this happened less than six months before an election in which the unpopular incumbent is trailing an opponent widely believed to have dementia by 10 points.
That’s a bold move, Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.
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