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Trump move to free ally Stone is ‘historic corruption’: Romney

Trump move to free ally Stone is ‘historic corruption’: Romney

AFP
Washington
Donald Trump’s commutation of the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone was a case of “unprecedented, historic corruption,” Senator Mitt Romney tweeted on Saturday, making his a rare Republican voice raised in criticism of the president.
Stone, who is 67, had been set on Tuesday to begin serving a 40-month prison term after his conviction on seven felony charges originally brought by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.
The charges include tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to help him win the 2016 election.
Romney, who infuriated Trump when he became the only Republican to vote to convict the president in his impeachment trial, pulled no punches on Saturday.
“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” he tweeted.
His blunt criticism set him apart from most Republicans, but it aligned him with the unanimous condemnation coming from the president’s Democratic critics, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“President Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of top campaign advisor Roger Stone, who could directly implicate him in criminal misconduct, is an act of staggering corruption,” she tweeted on Saturday.
Pelosi called for legislation “to ensure that no president can pardon or commute the sentence of an individual who is engaged in a cover-up campaign to shield that president from criminal prosecution.”