Several readers have asked my opinion on President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence…

First, there is little or no doubt in my mind that Roger Stone is one of those self-promoting sleazy characters that always manage to attach themselves to the periphery of power to earn a living and pursue their own self-serving agenda.

Second, there is little or no doubt in my mind that Roger Stone will say or do anything to enhance his reputation and standing with the powers that be or the media.

Third, there is no doubt in my mind that the President will be excoriated in the progressive mainstream media as being corrupt and pilloried in the court of public opinion.

However, if one reads the media release, you come away with justifiable reasons why Roger Stone’s sentence was commuted – rather than pardoned – and it is expected that Stone will continue to appeal his conviction.

From the White House…

President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.

Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.  There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.  Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election.  The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist.

As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface. 

[OCS: Roger Stone was charged with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements. None of which speaks to any collusion between Trump, the campaign, or specific individuals and Russia. These are all process crimes that would never have existed if the investigators and prosecutors followed the law and required a proper predicate for an investigation.]

These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice.This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone.  Roger Stone is well known for his nearly 50 years of work as a consultant for high-profile Republican politicians, including President Ronald Reagan, Senator Bob Dole, and many others.  He is also well known for his outspoken support for President Donald J. Trump and opposition to Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Stone was charged by the same prosecutors from the Mueller Investigation tasked with finding evidence of collusion with Russia.  Because no such evidence exists, however, they could not charge him for any collusion-related crime.  Instead, they charged him for his conduct during their investigation.  The simple fact is that if the Special Counsel had not been pursuing an absolutely baseless investigation, Mr. Stone would not be facing time in prison.

In addition to charging Mr. Stone with alleged crimes arising solely from their own improper investigation, the Mueller prosecutors also took pains to make a public and shameful spectacle of his arrest. 

Mr. Stone is a 67-year-old man, with numerous medical conditions, who had never been convicted of another crime.  But rather than allow him to surrender himself, they used dozens of FBI agents with automatic weapons and tactical equipment, armored vehicles, and an amphibious unit to execute a pre-dawn raid of his home, where he was with his wife of many years.  Notably, CNN cameras were present to broadcast these events live to the world, even though they swore they were not notified—it was just a coincidence that they were there together with the FBI early in the morning.

Not only was Mr. Stone charged by overzealous prosecutors pursing a case that never should have existed, and arrested in an operation that never should have been approved, but there were also serious questions about the jury in the case. The forewoman of his jury, for example, concealed the fact that she is a member of the so-called liberal “resistance” to the Trump Presidency.  In now-deleted tweets, this activist-juror vividly and openly attacked President Trump and his supporters.

Mr. Stone would be put at serious medical risk in prison.  He has appealed his conviction and is seeking a new trial.  He maintains his innocence and has stated that he expects to be fully exonerated by the justice system.  Mr. Stone, like every American, deserves a fair trial and every opportunity to vindicate himself before the courts.  The President does not wish to interfere with his efforts to do so. 

At this time, however, and particularly in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence.  Roger Stone has already suffered greatly.  He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case.  Roger Stone is now a free man! <Source>

Bottom line…

President Trump, at great cost to his favorability ratings, expended political capital to do the right thing – regardless of the personal and political cost. It is precisely this quality that I seek in a President. A President willing to stand up to his advisors, fundraisers, and the media to do what is right, not just expedient. Another example of this behavior can be seen in the relocation of our Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that angered many, both inside and outside the government.

However, the final answer to those who believe the President acted inappropriately: BARACK OBAMA, ERIC HOLDER, HILLARY CLINTON, JOHN BRENNAN, JAMES CLAPPER, JIM COMEY, ad nauseam!

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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