Republican Mitt Romney Denounces “Historic Corruption” ~ #REUTERS:
Republican Senator Mitt Romney, one of the few members of the presidential party to openly criticize Donald Trump, strongly attacked the president’s decision on Saturday the day before commuting the sentence of his friend Roger Stone.
“Historical, unprecedented corruption: a US president commutes the prison sentence of a person convicted by a jury for lying to protect the same president,” tweeted Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate in 2012.
Roger Stone was convicted in November of lying to Congress and subjugating witnesses as part of an investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign team and Russia.
Trump’s intermittent political advisor for more than 20 years, the colorful sixty-something man was sentenced to 40 months behind bars. He was due to start serving his sentence next week.
But Donald Trump had never hidden his desire to spare the prison from his former adviser. “Roger Stone was the target of a witch hunt that should never have taken place,” he said in a tweet on Saturday morning.
Mitt Romney, the only member of the Grand Old Party to have voted in February in favor of the dismissal of Donald Trump in the Russian affair, is the first influential member of the Republican party to speak out publicly against this presidential decision.
Democrats have been scandalized since the announcement on Friday.
“Donald Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of his campaign adviser Roger Stone (…) is an astounding act of corruption,” Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday.
“Congress will take steps to prevent this kind of shameless wrongdoing,” she said in a statement. “We need to legislate to ensure that no president can pardon or commute the sentence of an individual involved in a cover-up campaign to protect that same president from criminal prosecution.”