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President Donald Trump commuted the 40 month prison sentence of lobbyist Roger Stone over the weekend, who was charged with lying to Congress, witness tampering and destruction during the Mueller investigation

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On July 10, 2020, President Donald Trump commuted the 40 month prison sentence of lobbyist Roger Stone in an exercise of presidential power. Stone was ordered to prison on June 30, 2020 and served until July 10, when he was released. ~

Roger Stone was convicted on November 15, 2019 on 7 charges of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing an official proceeding during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election. According to Business Insider, Federal prosecutors said Stone attempted to undermine the investigation in order to protect Trump and his allies. In the statement announcing the commutation, the White House said that Stone was “a victim of the Russia hoax that the left and its allies in media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump presidency” and said he would put “at serious medical risk in prison.”  Trump commented on the charges, saying: “So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others?” ~

Robert Mueller condemned the president over the move, saying, “Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” (CBS News).  Adam Schiff, speaking on the matter, said “With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else.” ~

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