Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

Disgraced Atty. General Bill Barr Says He Told Trump Not To Offer Clemency To Convicted Felon Roger Stone

An administration official told NBC News that Attorney General William Barr recommended against granting Stone clemency, and the Justice Department had nothing to do with Trump’s decision to commute his sentence. 

Other White House officials were also opposed to Trump’s decision due to fears of political blowback, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to a person familiar with the matter.  

Stone, a former campaign aide, was convicted of lying to Congress and obstruction and witness tampering after being indicted by a grand jury as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 presidential election meddling. 
Attorney General William Barr spoke with President Donald Trump about Roger Stone and recommended against granting him clemency, an administration official told NBC News.

Other White House officials were also opposed to Trump’s decision due to fears of political blowback, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to a person familiar with the matter. 

The official also said that the Department of Justice had nothing to do with the president’s decision to commute Stone’s sentence on seven felony crimes, which occurred only four days before the 67-year-old Republican operative was set to start his 40 months in federal prison. 

Barr had previously said that Stone’s prosecution was “righteous” and the sentence was fair, and defended his decision to oppose a stricter sentencing.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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