[NFA] Democrats condemned Trump's decision to commute Roger Stone's prison sentence as an assault on the rule of law. Fred Katayama reports.
- Democrats condemned President Donald Trump's decision to spare his longtime friend and advisor Roger Stone from prison. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, Congress will take action to prevent this type of brazen wrongdoing. Republican reaction was largely muted, but Senator Mitt Romney denounced the action on Twitter, saying, unprecedented historic corruption. An American president commutes a sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very President. Trump commuted Stone's prison sentence late Friday, intervening to protect him in a criminal case. He painted Stone as a victim.
DONALD TRUMP: Roger Stone was treated horribly. Roger Stone was treated very unfairly. Roger Stone was brought into this witch hunt, this all political witch hunt and the Mueller scam. It's a scam because it's been proven false.
- Stone, who had been convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, expressed relief upon hearing the news from Trump.
ROGER STONE: And at 67 years old with a history of respiratory problems and other underlying health issues, the danger was very real. This, I think, is demonstrated by the point that the prison in Jesup, Georgia, to which I was supposed to go on Tuesday, has, in the last two weeks, released a violent sex criminal who is both a pedophile and a child pornographer to protect them from infection by coronavirus, a second violent sex offender, who is also a pedophile, and a bank robber.
- Stone was scheduled to report by Tuesday to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia to begin serving a sentence of over three years.