The House Democrats were furious with President Trump’s move on Friday to change the imprisonment of political activist Roger Stone. They called for an investigation and even laws to prevent similar conversions from happening again.
“President Trump’s decision to convert top campaign advisor Roger Stone’s verdict, which could directly involve him in criminal misconduct, is an act of fluctuating corruption,” House Representative spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said in a statement on Saturday.
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She further promised that Congress would “take action”
The White House announced Friday that Trump signed an executive grant of clemency for the colorful political agent who was sentenced to more than three years in prison after last year for seven cases of disability, witness manipulation and false statements to Congress over seven years had been convicted of the FBI special adviser Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Stone, who has appealed the sentence and denies misconduct, should report to the prison on July 14 to serve 40 months. However, the White House said the president had changed the verdict “in the face of the tremendous facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair persecution, arrest, and trial”.
“Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia hoax that the left and its allies have immortalized in the media for years to undermine the Trump presidency,” said White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany in a statement on Friday evening. “There has never been an agreement between the Trump campaign or the Trump administration and Russia. Such an agreement was never anything but a fantasy of partisans who could not accept the outcome of the 2016 elections. “
The White House also cited medical risk as the reason for commutation given the age of Stone and the coronavirus pandemic.
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But the decision angered the Democrats and suggested not only putting pressure on legislation, but also another round of investigations by the House Justice Committee.
Representative Jerry Nadler, D-NY., The committee chairman, promised that the committee would launch an “aggressive investigation” of commutation.
In a statement, both Nadler and House Oversight Committee chairman Carolyn Maloney, D-NY said they intend to request “immediate information from the White House lawyer about the circumstances of Roger Stone’s commutation.”
“The Department of Justice should also publish Grand Jury materials related to Roger Stone and his communication with the President,” the statement said.
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However, Trump was defiant in his decision: “Roger Stone was attacked by an illegal witch hunt that should never have happened,” Trump tweeted on Saturday morning.
“It’s the other side of it that criminals, including Biden and Obama, have spied on my campaign – AND WILL BE Caught!” He said.
Brooke Singman and John Roberts from Fox News contributed to this report.