The U.S. President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone in time to spare him from prison.
Stone was convicted of lying under oath to legislators investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Trump has been accused of intervening in the case to protect an associate in a criminal case and his latest use of executive clemency to benefit an ally.
Democrats condemned Trump’s action as an assault on the rule of law.
“Roger Stone has already suffered greatly,” the White House said in a statement. “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Stone a “victim of the Russia Hoax by the Left and its allies in the media.”
“Not only was Mr. Stone charged by overzealous prosecutors pursuing a case that never should have existed, and arrested in an operation that never should have been approved, but there were also serious questions about the jury in the case,” she said in a statement.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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