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Roger Stone joins list of political figures, allies granted clemency by Trump

Added 07-11-20 03:58:01pm EST - “Roger Stone joined a list of political figures and White House allies who were granted clemency after President Trump commuted his over-three year sentence Friday, sparking new criticism that Trump was protecting his friends and associates.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Roger Stone joins list of political figures, allies granted clemency by Trump”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Appeals court denies Stone's motion to delay prison sentence MORE joined a list of political figures and White House allies who have avoided jail time after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE commuted his over-three year sentence Friday, sparking new criticism that Trump was protecting his friends and associates.

Stone was convicted last year of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of official proceeding. He was due to report to prison Tuesday for three years and four months before Trump stepped in to commute his sentence. 

Trump defended the commutation, claiming Stone had been the victim of overzealous prosecutors who were investigating Russian election meddling. 

But the move sparked an uproar on Capitol Hill, with Democrats accusing the White House of sidestepping the justice system to help the president’s allies. 

“The American ideal of equal justice under the law is once again being undermined by a lawless president who regards the Justice Department as his personal plaything,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' A renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs MORE (D-N.Y.). 

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