Donald Trump this week finally put to rest months of suspense with his decision to commute the sentence of Roger Stone, longtime political provocateur and close personal acquaintance.
Stone rose to prominence in the 1970’s while working under the umbrella of the Nixon administration, with this story wholly intertwined with the Watergate scandal and the last most controversial President this nation has ever seen.
Now, after being convicted of several crimes in the wake of the Mueller investigation, Stone will be spared jail once again after a last-minute decision by President Donald Trump.
This did not sit well with Robert Mueller.
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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday vigorously defended his team’s decision to prosecute Roger Stone, stopping short of directly attacking President Trump, who commuted Stone’s sentence the day prior.
“Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Mueller said in an op-ed published by The Washington Post.
His op-ed defends both the decision to prosecute Stone, as well as the overarching investigation that Republicans and the president have repeatedly denounced. Mueller said he felt “compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper.”
“The Russia investigation was of paramount importance,” he added. He went on to indirectly address Republicans’ accusations that the investigation was led by crooked actors within the Justice Department (DOJ). “The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false,” he said.
Mueller’s investigation was seen by many on the right side of the aisle as a corrupt, Deep State affair that sought only to delegitimize the President rather than provide some sort of “justice” for the American people.
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