The claim is that Mueller’s indictment of Stone confirms that the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee or their publication by Wikileaks. The allegations against Stone all have to do with what happened after Wikileaks dumped the first batch of DNC emails. Stone tried–unsuccessfully–to get in touch with Julian Assange or someone else who could tell him whether Wikileaks had more emails, and if so, what they contained. This is not Obstruction or interference or lying. We call this inherent curiosity that most accused have! As Byron points out, everyone in the political world, in the Summer of 2016, was trying to find out whether Wikileaks had more DNC emails, and if so, what they contained.
There is nothing wrong with what Stone did. Mueller however charges that Stone lied to a Congressional committee about his actions. If that is true, Stone is in trouble. But the charges against him do not support the theory that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to invade the DNC’s email system. On the contrary, the Stone story is just more confirmation that the Trump campaign had nothing to do with it.
What is truly scandalous about Roger Stone’s arrest is the manner in which it was carried out. The arrest was recorded on video because someone–presumably either the FBI or Mueller’s team–tipped off CNN, and CNN had cameras stationed in front of Stone’s residence at 5:00 in the morning. The video shows a dozen heavily armed FBI agents carrying out what can fairly be described as a paramilitary operation against Stone’s home. Why? Was there some reason to think Stone was so dangerous that it required a pre-dawn raid by a dozen agents with AR-15s to take him into custody?
No such claim has been made, nor would it be plausible. The show that Mueller and the FBI put on for the cameras of their political ally, CNN, was a disgrace.
FBI has proved to be corrupt and hopelessly politicized. It needs, at a minimum, a thorough housecleaning. It might even be necessary to put the FBI out of business and start over with a new federal investigative agency.
The release of documents from the Intel Community, show shocking revelations that destroy the Deep State’s many lies. The biggest lie was the tale that Russia hacked the DNC and then gave the hacked emails to WikiLeaks, who in turn released them before the 2016 election. The whole story was a lie as Aaron Maté on Twitter identified:
Stone claimed that the DNC servers in 2016 were never examined by Crowdstrike and asked for proof that this was the case, because it was pertinent to his case. Stone was indicted for lying to Congress about Russians hacking the DNC and sending the hacked emails to WikiLeaks:
It was uncovered in the Roger Stone case that Crowdstrike gave the US government three “draft reports” on the so-called hack by Russia which were full of redactions and the FBI just took Crowdstrike’s reports at face value. The FBI never inspected the DNC servers. It was also reported that the DOJ never received the unredacted copies of Crowdstrike’s reports:
Stone pressed the DOJ for support that Russia hacked the DNC and sent the emails to WikiLeaks, and the DOJ eventually responded that the investigation of the 12 Russian GRU officers noted in the Mueller investigation gathered evidence that Russia hacked the DNC systems and sent the emails they hacked to WikiLeaks (Organization 1):
The DOJ went on to say that they were not going to provide Stone the data from the GRU case:
This case was of course run by the Deep State dream team who recently made the news for stepping away from the Stone case in protest:
Unfortunately for Deep State actors Kravis, Marando, Jed, Zelinski and Liu, we now know Crowdstrike did not confirm Russia’s actions after they ‘hacked’ the DNC. To date there is no evidence that Russia sent emails to WikiLeaks.
It looks like these Deep State actors lied to the court.
Finally, is it time to stop looking at the superficial red herring fact that Stone is Trump’s long term friend and start validating whether this case deserves pardoning or not at it’s face value (irrep?
Based on that logic shouldn’t we question the Clintons’ who pardoned president Clinton’s brother Roger Clinton, Susan McDougal who was was married from 1976 to 1990 to James McDougal ( The McDougals were partners with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in the failed Whitewater real estate venture in the 1980s.), Marc Rich whose wife gave 450,000 to Clinton library and 1 million to democratic campaign?
Of course, Clinton pardoned others, too. As the former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has noted, Clinton “pardoned his own brother for felony distribution of cocaine. … And three others convicted in independent counsel Ken Starr’s probe. And Marc Rich, in what was a straight-up political payoff. And his CIA director. And his HUD secretary. And eight people convicted in an investigation of his Agriculture Department.”
And it wasn’t just Clinton. His predecessor, George H.W. Bush, did it too. In late 1992, Bush pardoned six figures who had been convicted or pleaded guilty in the Iran-Contra affair.
None of that makes what Trump did right or wrong. Voters can judge that for themselves. But people around Washington should stop acting like it’s something they’ve never seen before.
Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.
Many Democrats, along with some in the press and a few Republicans, have expressed outrage at President Trump’s commutation of political operative Roger Stone’s jail sentence for lying to Congress and witness tampering. GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, the only senator ever to vote to remove a president of his own party, was particularly outraged.
“Unprecedented, historic corruption,” Romney tweeted. “An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.”
But Romney’s claims aside, the commutation is simply not unprecedented. To look at one example, in 2007, President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of top White House aide Lewis Libby, convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak affair. Back in those days, Romney defended the commutation as “reasonable.”
But perhaps Romney wasn’t counting that. So is the Stone commutation unprecedented because Stone was, in Romney’s words, “lying to shield” the president? Perhaps Romney has forgotten the way-back time of 2001, when President Bill Clinton, on his last day in office, pardoned his old Arkansas business partner Susan McDougal.
Fun fact: Trump gave 36 pardons so far, while Obama gave 1927 pardons in his 8 years of presidency.
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