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Why this Roger Stone commutation
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Posted By: Pluperfect, 7/12/2020 4:37:31 AM

Washington was sent into vapors of shock and disgust with news of the commutation of Roger Stone. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin declared it to be “the most corrupt and cronyistic act in all of recent history.” Despite my disagreement with the commutation, that claim is almost quaint. The sordid history of pardons makes it look positively chaste in comparison. Many presidents have found the power of pardons to be an irresistible temptation when it involves family, friends, and political allies. I have maintained that Stone deserved another trial but not a pardon. As Attorney General William Barr has said, this was a “righteous prosecution” and Stone was correctly convicted

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DCGIRL 7/12/2020 6:59:50 AM (No. 475367)
Judge Amy was just of corrupt as Judge Emmett. Both should be impeached.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jethro bo 7/12/2020 7:00:48 AM (No. 475368)
Well, another commutation, another constitutional crisis. Just like when Scooter Libby had his sentence commutated. Boy, the nation barely survived that one. And it just got worst when Trump pardoned Libby. Thank goodness we have Antifa and BLM rioters, looters, arsonist and murders to prop up the nation in dire times like theses.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pearson365 7/12/2020 7:40:50 AM (No. 475392)
“As Attorney General William Barr has said, this was a “righteous prosecution” and Stone was correctly convicted and correctly sentenced to 40 months in prison. So, Trump’s AG believes Mueller’s entrapment of Stone and his corrupt trial is righteous yet the Obama led spying, coup and illegal use of the FBI, DoJ and CIA to keep Trump from being president only merits a report by Durham? If Sessions was a fool, what is Barr? And has Trump ever asked his FBI Director why a heavily armed FBI SWAT team was required to arrest Stone at 6:00 am only to be released 5 hours later? And why did Director Wray invite CNN to this arrest? From all indications, the DoJ and FBI are still under the thumb of Obama, and the current president is unable to control either LE group.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 7/12/2020 9:17:22 AM (No. 475507)
While I appreciate Turley's somewhat rational approach to Trump's presidency, his suggestion that "many of the issues could have been addressed in a legal appeal" is a not a just response. Stone's whole prosecution was the fruit of a poisonous tree, the Russian hoax and the attempt to get Trump. The government had NO valid reason to be carrying out these investigations. I think even Trump was bamboozled by this. He thought that, lacking evidence because he KNEW he was not guilty, all this would fall apart in court. He failed to consider the corrupt influence of politics and the bias of the system. The lack of proper right to prosecution and lack of evidence is not an impediment to corrupt government power. The dems, Deep State, and media foisted a fraudulent Mueller investigation into life and like most such ill birthed monsters, it took on a life of its own. EVERYTHING it did was effectively illegal and unjust. Stone may be a provocateur, but he wouldn't have had the need or opportunity sans the illegitimate and corrupt investigations that were launched. This is like the government coming in to confiscate all the food and then arresting someone for stealing a loaf of bread because they were starving. Turley is looking at the end game and saying that Trump wasn't abusing power although Turley questions Trump's decision. Trump used his power to correct a long string of injustices. But Turley should be looking at the chain of illegitimate processes and realize an invalid start corrupts the whole chain. As for Barr, I have a lot of respect for him but while Stone's conviction may have been "legal" it was far from justice. Barr runs the Department of JUSTICE, not the Department of Legal. There's a difference and Barr should know that.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Chuzzles 7/12/2020 9:41:12 AM (No. 475557)
Nothing righteous about being railroaded simply because you are a friend of Trump's. I think the subject needs to be discussed, commuting vs an actual pardon. It seems that commuting just negated the prison time, but the sentence still stands. He didn't get the pardon everyone thinks he did and is claiming. I loathe the willful ignorance of our media.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 7/12/2020 11:30:55 AM (No. 475705)
If this was a 'righteous conviction' - where are the convictions of all the other folks who lied to Congress in the last couple of years? Apparently this is only a crime if done by a Republican, perfectly fine if done by Clapper, Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, or others.
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