Mueller Responds to Trump Commuting Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is speaking out to defend the prosecution of Roger Stone after President Donald Trump announced he would commute the sentence of his former campaign aide.

“The work of the special counsel’s office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas, and convictions — should speak for itself. But I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office,” Mueller wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Saturday. 

He continued, “The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”

Mueller proceeded to outline why his team investigated and prosecuted Stone, “Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers.”

He continued: 

“We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel — Stone among them. We did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities. The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”

Then he turned to the federal crimes that Stone was convicted of: 

“Congress also investigated and sought information from Stone. A jury later determined he lied repeatedly to members of Congress. He lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases. He, in fact, updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress.”

He added, “The jury ultimately convicted Stone of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness. Because his sentence has been commuted, he will not go to prison. But his conviction stands.”

Finally, Mueller defended the prosecutors in Stone’s case, “The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false.”

On Friday, Trump announced that he would commute Stone’s sentence — just days before he was supposed to begin his prison sentence.

“He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!” the White House said in a statement. 

As Mueller noted, the commutation of Stone’s sentence does not erase his criminal conviction. 

In February, Stone was sentenced to three years and four months after he was convicted on charges of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice.

After Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Stone’s request to delay his prison sentence, Attorney General William Barr said, “I think the prosecution was righteous and I think the sentence the judge ultimately gave was fair,

Responses

  1. Mueller should take Stone’s prison cell. Trump was probably just making room for him.

  2. There was plenty of contact between the Trump campaign staff and the Russians, even including his own son. Sounds like “collusion”, but that’s not a crime; criminal conspiracy is, and none was proven. There was plenty of obstruction by the Trump White House, blocking the release of information and witnesses to Mueller and other investigations, but if it’s not the crime of “obstruction of justice”, then it’s not a problem. Mueller’s editorial made the points that the Russia probe was righteous, particularly the Roger Stone part, that they had good reason for prosecuting him and that the investigation was properly conducted.

    Trump pardoned his crooked friend Stone because they were friends and Stone did him good, loyal service. Trump didn’t pardon him because the prosecution was flawed, or because redeeming qualities in him were suddenly discovered. It was crony politics, it reversed justice, and, for Trump’s part, it was all legal. So, collaboration with hostile foreign powers is okay, obstruction of legal investigations is okay, and if lying under oath and witness tampering is somehow not okay, Trump will pardon it, and make it okay.

  3. While the Democrats tried their best to take down Trump and failed, they settled on ruining the lives of other good citizens instead. I agree with Cheri and Les. But my question is, why is Hillary not in jail along with her accomplices?

  4. Mueller…….Mueller……..Mueller. The farce that was the Mueller investigation and BS charges stemming from it lost all credibility. An estimated $35 million wasted on nothing. No collusion, no obstruction, just a massive fishing expeditions to support a witch hunt by lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats to reverse an election. The only one involved in foreigners trying to corrupt an election was the Hillarrhoid and her fake dossier compiled by foreign agents, including Russians. The Mueller investigation was a cover-up of the Hillarrhoid’s and Obama’s spying actions. They are the real criminals. Of course, they corrupted everything so the Hillarrhoid could walk free.

  5. Jim
    Or hiding under a rock.
    All the whining about Stone when Obama commuted the 35-year sentence of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, convicted of stealing thousands of pages of classified material and sending them to WikiLeaks. Let that sink in. 35 YEARS. No nothing wrong there is it?

  6. Roger Stone is a solid dude. He’s someone you would want in the foxhole with you. Can you imagine Schumer in your foxhole? The little weasel would be gone.

  7. I would feel a lot better if I believed that Mr. Mueller actually wrote this op-ed. However, after watching his performance testifying earlier this year……..

  8. Mueliar is a traitor and thug. How many democrats have lied to Congress and not prosecuted? Why? Mueliar aided and abetted Hussein and Hellary presidential assassination attempt. Burn in hell Mueliar

  9. “Rule of Law and Personal Responsibility really have not been Conservative principles since the Nixon era.” Phyllis

    There. Fixed it for you.

    Roger Stone now has the street cred that he always wanted and sought.

  10. Being labeled a criminal never bothered Stone before, so I doubt that it would now–He has for decades been quite proud of his unlawful reputation. Stone, just wasn’t up to accepting the consequences for his actions and Trump took care of that for him. Rule of Law and Personal Responsibility really have not been Conservative principles since 2016.

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