How Trump’s pardons compare to past presidents
July 14, 2020 - U.S. President Donald Trump’s clemency order for his longtime political ally Roger Stone commuted the veteran Republican operative’s sentence and spared him a $20,000 fine and two years of supervised release.
Trump commuted Stone's 40-month prison sentence on Friday evening, just days before he was to report to prison. The 67-year-old Stone was convicted in 2019 for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.
He had been due to report to a federal prison in Georgia on July 14.
Trump’s action marked his most assertive intervention to protect an associate in a criminal case and his latest use of executive clemency to benefit an ally, Reuters said.
Democrats denounced Trump's action. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called it “an act of staggering corruption,” saying legislation is needed to prevent a president from pardoning or commuting the sentence of someone who acted to shield that president from prosecution.
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