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Trump is letting his dirty trickster friend, Roger Stone, go totally free with a commutation. Stone’s friend and former business partner, Paul Manafort, got out of jail but is in home confinement.

Trump just commuted Roger Stone’s sentence.

Stone lied and intimidated witnesses to hide Trump’s exploitation of the Russian hack of his opponent’s campaign.

With Trump there are now two systems of justice in America:

One for Trump’s criminal friends and one for everyone else.
Commuting Roger Stone’s sentence is a terrible blow to justice and the rule of law.

Through this act, Trump is saying: “If you lie for me, if you cover up for me, if you obstruct for me, I will protect you.”

Another tragic day for American democracy.” Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff

Earlier this year: “A federal judge … sentenced Roger Stone, a veteran Republican operative and President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant, to more than three years in prison for obstructing a congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The sentence was about half as long as federal prosecutors had initially recommended before Attorney General William Barr overturned the recommendation, setting off a firestorm over political meddling in the justice system…

A self-described “dirty trickster” with a taste for loud suits and colorful language, Stone, 67, has known Trump since the late 1970s, and later encouraged Trump to make his first presidential bid in the late 1980s. Stone briefly served as an adviser to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The Republican consultant was convicted last November of seven charges in connection with his efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to obtain stolen emails of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton from the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. A jury found Stone lied about those efforts to congressional investigators in 2017 and then intimidated a witness…https://www.voanews.com/usa/trump-ally-roger-stone-sentenced-more-3-years-prison

From Trump’s clemency statement: “Mr. Stone would be put at serious medical risk in prison. He has appealed his conviction and is seeking a new trial. He maintains his innocence and has stated that he expects to be fully exonerated by the justice system. Mr. Stone, like every American, deserves a fair trial and every opportunity to vindicate himself before the courts. The President does not wish to interfere with his efforts to do so. At this time, however,… the President has determined to commute his sentence… Roger Stone is now a free man!

NB: This post was completed 18 hours ago and published but it did not post into the blog. This is the second time this has happened recently.