GOP Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) on Saturday sharply denounced President Trump’s commutation for longtime ally and political confidant Roger Stone, labeling it “historic corruption.”
“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney tweeted Saturday morning.
Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 11, 2020
Romney was one of the first Republican lawmakers to weigh in on the president’s decision to commute the sentence of his longtime friend on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to spare Stone days before he was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.
Stone was convicted last year of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of official proceeding.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Friday before the commutation was announced that “in my view it would be justified” for Trump to intervene, saying, “This was a non-violent, first-time offense.”