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Roger Stone, one of several Trump associates who were prosecuted for process crimes during the Russian collusion delusion and conspiracy theory, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump, along with fellow victims Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos.
Stone and Manafort’s pardons came Wednesday, a day after Trump finally launched his much-anticipated pardoning spree by pardoning 15 people, including Papadopoulos, and commuting the sentences of five more. During the second day of pardons Thursday, the president added Stone and Manafort to the growing list.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after the pardon, Stone seemed elated by the pardon from Trump, whom he described as “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln,” but still visibly angry over the injustice he’d faced.
“We’re very happy. I have an enormous debt of gratitude to God almighty for giving the president the strength and the courage to recognize that my prosecution was a completely politically motivated witch-hunt, and my trial was a Soviet-style show trial in which the judge denied us any powerful line of defense,” he said.
“The judge we now know hid exculpatory evidence from us, because on Election Day, when no one was watching, the Justice Department released the last remaining redacted sections of the Mueller report in which they admitted that they had no evidence whatsoever of my colluding with Russia, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, trafficking and emails.”
This is mostly true. A day before Election Day, the DOJ released a “less redacted” version of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, and the document did admit that “the investigation did not obtain admissible evidence likely to meet the government’s burden to prove facts establishing” collusion between Stone and WikiLeaks “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“They had no factual evidence that I had advanced notice of the source or content of the WikiLeaks disclosures — those things that I was accused of lying to Congress about,” Stone added on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“How does one lie about something that they have now established one didn’t know? The whole thing has been an outrage, and my hat is off to the president, the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln, who had the courage to correct this injustice.”
Listen to Stone’s remarks below:
Continuing the discussion, host Tucker Carlson expressed bewilderment at the “obviously grotesque,” “wildly disproportionate” punishment doled out to Stone for “the alleged crime” he’d committed and asked Stone why he thinks Mueller went so hard after him.
“I think it’s abundantly clear. In July of 2019, the Mueller prosecutor … approached my attorneys just before the release of the Mueller report seeking my cooperation essentially in return for some unspecified leniency in sentencing. In other words, they wanted me to lie, they wanted me to bear false witness against the president,” Stone replied.
But he didn’t.
“I refused to do so. I think that’s what this charge was about from the beginning. They must have mistaken me for Michael Cohen, but they had the wrong guy,” Stone added.
Cohen is the sleazy former Trump attorney who ostensibly “spilled the tea” about Trump to Mueller’s team but was later exposed as a habitual liar.
‘That’s not true’: CNN calls out Michael Cohen for lying about not wanting a White House job. Hard to believe I know coming from a fake news source! https://t.co/lhR6qg082U
— Resident erect 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘢𝘕𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘺 (@grindingdude) February 28, 2019
Now that he’s been pardoned, Stone expects to be lied about once again.
“Now the left invents a totally new canard, which is Stone traded his silence regarding misconduct by the president in return for commutation of his sentence and now a pardon. That is a lie. There is no corroboration or evidence to prove that. It is the typical rewriting of history by the left,” he said.
Trump commuted Stone’s sentence back in July, just days before the longtime GOP operative was set to begin serving a 40-month sentence in prison.
The discussion on Fox News concluded with Carlson warning that “if they could do that to you, they could do that to anybody.”
In a formal written statement delivered to various media outlets following the pardon Wednesday, Stone spoke in more depth about this particular phenomenon and called for the pardoning of others who’ve also been unjustly targeted.
“The injustice done to me does not stand alone. Other good Americans have been victims of a corrupt system made to serve venal power-seekers, rewarding deceit and manipulation, rather than reason and justice. President Trump can be the purveyor of justice over the vile machinations of wicked pretenders to the mantle of public service,” he wrote.
“I hope the president will consider granting full and unconditional pardons to Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Marcus Garvey, and Former Secret Service Agent Abraham W. Bolden, Sr.”
As of Thursday, the president had not yet issued pardons for either Assange or Snowden, though he was reportedly “considering” it.
NEW: President Trump is seriously considering pardons for Assange, Snowden, and Ulbricht. No decision made yet.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 24, 2020
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