Trump acts to prevent his friend Roger Stone from being sent to prison for three years after he was convicted by an American jury of seven counts. These were five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of a proceeding. Even Trump did not dispute his guilt. He posted a tweet after his conviction: “So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
There is the new standard of justice in America as spelled out by Trump. If anyone commits a crime, especially if they are a former campaign adviser and friend, they they should not be convicted unless everyone else who may have committed the crime is also prosecuted for the crime. It makes no difference to Trump that Roger Stone was indicted by a grand jury and convicted by a jury after being represented by counsel and that the others have not even been charged. Everyone must be tried and convicted or no one is to be tried and convicted.
Did you ever try to tell a cop who pulled you over for speeding or running a stop sign that others have also done the same thing and he should not give you a ticket unless he gives one to everyone? Let me suggest it doesn’t work. What about the person convicted of drug dealing in court who tells the judge that the government did not go after the other drug dealers who were dealing more drugs than he was doing? Does the judge dismiss the case until all the other drug dealers are indicted.
You see the absurdity of Trump. He admits the guy is guilty but says it is a miscarriage of justice to have prosecuted him because others, he named but a few of his critics who told the truth about him, were not prosecuted. What kind of justice system is it that Trump envisions? Oh, now we know seeing the Trump handling of the Stone case.
Don’t suggest Stone wasn’t guilty. Trump doesn’t even suggest that or he would have pardoned him. He couldn’t do that because Stone would then no longer be able to assert his Fifth Amendment rights. Stone keeps asserting his innocence but an appeals court ruled in refusing to delay his commitment that he was not likely to win an appeal for a new trial or reduced sentence.
The Trump/Stone deal is a classic gangster cover-up. I suggest Mitt Romney had it right when he said: “Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.”
Stone talked to a journalist around 4:00 p.m. before his commutation on Friday. The journalist, Roger Fireman, reported: “Just had a long talk with #RogerStone. He says he doesn’t want a pardon (which implies guilt) but a commutation, and says he thinks #Trump will give it to him. “He knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him. It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn’t.”
Put more simply Stone was saying Trump is going to take care of me because I didn’t rat him out. What does that mean? That he has good stuff on Trump that would send Trump to prison if he talked. Plain and simple.
But we all know that: why is Trump hiding his taxes? why did he lie when he said he had no dealings in Russia when he was negotiating for a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Trump is not only a crook; he crookedly uses his power to protect himself by rewarding criminals. The nation has never seen such criminal conduct before.