Big news coming from the White House as President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone. The Associated Press is reporting:
Stone had been sentenced in February to three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. He was set to report to prison by Tuesday.
According to a report from Bloomberg:
On Thursday, the Justice Department told the appeals court it was withdrawing its earlier support for Stone’s motion in deference to Jackson’s authority over the case, saying she’s properly taken into account that Stone was convicted of threatening a witness and that he stoked violent sentiment against jurors and the judge.
The reversal comes two days after Stone indirectly asked President Donald Trump to commute his sentence, which would allow him to remain free while he appeals his conviction.
For those wondering, the difference between a Presidential pardon and commutation of sentence is that a pardon eliminates the conviction while the commutation only removes the punishment. Here’s an excerpt from a statement read by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany:
“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.”
The commutation is certain to cause even more controversy and become a campaign issue as President Trump takes on presumptive Democrat Presidential candidate “Creepy” Joe Biden aka “Jivin'” Joe Biden.