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Mitt Romney beat up Trump after converting Roger Stone's prison sentence


Mitt Romney beat up Donald Trump for converting his close friend Roger Stone's verdict just a few days before he was scheduled to enter federal prison.

The Republican senator, who has been a vocal critic of the president on previous occasions, posted a cruel reprimand on Twitter on Saturday morning that read, "Unprecedented historical corruption: An American president converts a jury-sentenced person's lie to lies, to be precise to protect this president. & # 39;

Stone, 67, was said to spend 40 months behind bars after a jury found him guilty of disability, witness manipulation, and false statements related to Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump converted Stone's judgment on Friday afternoon, describing his 40-year-old friend as "a victim of a corrupt and illegal witch hunt that will go down as the greatest political crime in history".

Stone was seen in slippers and a bespoke mask outside his Florida home on Saturday morning when he celebrated evasion in Slammer.

Romney, the only Republican to vote for Trump's conviction during his Senate impeachment in February, joined a chorus of prominent Democrats who were outraged at the move.

Trump converted Stone's judgment on Friday afternoon, describing his 40-year-old friend as "a victim of a corrupt and illegal witch hunt that will go down as the greatest political crime in history".

Mitt Romney beat up Donald Trump for converting his close friend Roger Stone's verdict just a few days before he was scheduled to enter federal prison.

Stone, 67, was said to spend 40 months behind bars after a jury found him guilty of disability, witness manipulation, and false statements related to Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He is pictured in front of his Florida home on Saturday morning

Stone, 67, was said to spend 40 months behind bars after a jury found him guilty of disability, witness manipulation, and false statements related to Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He is pictured in front of his Florida home on Saturday morning

Trump's 2020 presidential opponent, Joe Biden, released a statement from his spokesman, claiming that the commander-in-chief had "misused his power again" and "devastated the norms and values ​​that make our country a shining beacon for the others" around the world . & # 39;

Biden also urged voters to remove Trump from office in the November election, saying, "He will not be ashamed. It won't be stopped until the Americans are heard at the ballot box this fall. Enough. & # 39;

Biden's shortlist of vice presidents also quickly chose her outrage.

Senator Elizabeth Warren went to Twitter and said, “Donald Trump has given up the rule of law and mocked our democracy. He really is the most corrupt president in history. & # 39;

Florida MP Val Demings said: “Roger Stone was sentenced to prison for illegally covering up the pro-Trump attack on Russia in our 2016 elections. It is purely authoritarian corruption for the President to convert his prison sentence now. & # 39;

She added: “Regardless of our political parties or differences, we all know that this is a shame. Pray that our republic will last. & # 39;

In the meantime, Senator Kamala Harris intervened, referring in her remakrs to the current outrage at the death of black woman Breonna Taylor.

Trump converts Roger Stone's prison sentence while officials who killed Breonna Taylor are still free. The two judicial systems in this country must end, ”she scolded.

In a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Trump's actions as "horrific".

High-profile Democrats quickly beat up Trump for converting Stone's judgment

High-profile Democrats quickly beat up Trump for converting Stone's judgment

Trump supporters, however, took the opposite view.

In a statement, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany Stone described as "the victim of the Russia joke that the left and its allies immortalized in the media for years to undermine the Trump presidency."

"Not only was Mr. Stone indicted by overzealous prosecutors who were pursuing a case that should never have existed and arrested in an operation that should never have been approved, but there were also serious questions to the jury in the case," she said in one statement.

Trump tweeted last month that Stone was "a victim of a corrupt and illegal witch hunt that will go down as the greatest political crime in history".

Trump and Stone have been friends for 40 years. The couple is pictured with Nydia Stone on this undated file photo

Trump and Stone have been friends for 40 years. The couple is pictured with Nydia Stone on this undated file photo

After the news of his judgment's conversion, Stone went to his Florida home to celebrate with well-wishers.

"The president saved my life and gave me the opportunity to fight for justification," he said.

Stone said that entering the prison would have been a death sentence given the coronavirus pandemic.

I am 67 years old. I had very, very severe asthma as a child. If you look at the profile of the most vulnerable, I think I fit in, ”he said.

"This is a terrible, terrible nightmare if you find that … this investigation never had a legitimate or legitimate beginning," he said.

& # 39; It was a witch hunt. That is out of the question. & # 39;

Stone informed the New York Post that the president had spoken to him on the phone and informed him of his decision to change his judgment.

"I told him I was grateful," Stone said. "He protected my health."

Stone added: “He believes in justice. I was pretty confident that if he heard the facts of my case, he would make the right decision. & # 39;

Stone attributed "saving my life" to the president because entering a federal prison would have put him at risk of coronavirus infection

Stone attributed "saving my life" to the president because entering a federal prison would have put him at risk of coronavirus infection

"Well, I was thrilled," he said.

"Of course I was a little relieved, but I wasn't surprised."

Stone was glad that his legal problems, which he called "nightmare" and "witch hunt", were over.

"This is a terrible, terrible nightmare if you find that … this investigation never had a legitimate or legitimate beginning," he said.

& # 39; It was a witch hunt. That is out of the question. & # 39;

Stone informed the New York Post that the president had spoken to him on the phone and informed him of his decision to change his judgment.

"I told him I was grateful," Stone said. "He protected my health."

Stone added: “He believes in justice. I was pretty confident that if he heard the facts of my case, he would make the right decision. & # 39;

Stone, 67, was persecuted as an offshoot of Special Envoy Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, which Trump has repeatedly referred to as a "witch hunt" to kill him.

A jury sentenced the former strategist in November for seven crimes, including five cases in which false statements were made to the FBI and Congress investigators, a case of witness manipulation, and a case of judicial disability.

According to prosecutors, Stone lied during the testimony and did not submit any documents to Congress in 2017, which shows that he had tried to contact the radical pro-transparency group WikiLeaks a year earlier.

He lied about five facts and covered up his attempt to use mediators to get information that could help Trump's then-election candidate against Hillary Clinton.

Prosecutors initially sought seven to nine years' imprisonment, but Attorney General William Barr later revoked the recommendation shortly after Trump called it "tough" and "unfair" on Twitter.

What's next for Roger Stone?

Roger Stone, who has been spared from prison by President Trump's decision to change his sentence, says he will comfortably challenge his conviction from his home in South Florida.

Stone, 67, was scheduled to report to prison on Tuesday after a federal appeals court rejected his offer to postpone his handover date.

Although commutation does not nullify Stone's criminal convictions, it does protect him from serving prison terms.

In comments to reporters outside his Fort Lauderdale residence late Friday, Stone said he would celebrate his freedom by writing a book about his experience.

He also said he would make efforts to "relieve" Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor.

Flynn pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI in January 2017 for his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Stone also said he could file a formal complaint against Aaron Zelinsky, the attorney who worked on the Stone case.

When Zelinsky testified to the House last month that Stone had received "unprecedentedly cheap treatment" from the Department of Justice.

Zelinsky accused Stone of defrauding the courts and "breaking the law" several times.

"When you saw his testimony before the [House Judiciary Committee], it was an incredible mix of veiling, hearsay, and perjury," Stone said on Friday.

"I was given special treatment, he says. Let's go through the special treatment: 29 FBI agents show up in your house to wake you up from bed because of an economic crime.

"Is this special treatment?"

Stone said he was happy to receive commutation instead of a pardon because it gave him the opportunity to be confirmed in court.

"I want to delete my name," he said.

"I want a new trial and justification."