Robert Mueller Speaks Out After Roger Stone's Prison Sentence Gets Commuted By President Trump
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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller who conducted the multi-year long Russia collusion hoax investigation, unloaded on President Donald Trump's recent decision to commute Roger Stone's prison sentence.
While writing an op-ed for the far-left Washington Post Mueller says he is responding “both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office. The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”
“We now have a detailed picture of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election,” writes Mueller. “The special counsel’s office identified two principal operations directed at our election: hacking and dumping Clinton campaign emails, and an online social media campaign to disparage the Democratic candidate. We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel — Stone among them.”
Mueller does admit that his investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities,” but he claims that the investigation did conclude that the Trump campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”
On Friday evening, the Trump White House defended their action to commute Roger Stone's prison sentence because he fell victim to the collusion hoax “that was perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.”
“As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface. These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice. This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone,” said the Trump White House.
“Because no such evidence exists, however, they could not charge him for any collusion-related crime. Instead, they charged him for his conduct during their investigation,” they added.
In op-ed, Mueller further explains why Stone was prosecuted.
“A jury later determined [Stone] lied repeatedly to members of Congress. He lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases. He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress,” writes Mueller.
“Russian efforts to interfere in our political system, and the essential question of whether those efforts involved the Trump campaign, required investigation. In that investigation, it was critical for us (and, before us, the FBI) to obtain full and accurate information. Likewise, it was critical for Congress to obtain accurate information from its witnesses. When a subject lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s efforts to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable. It may ultimately impede those efforts,” said Mueller.
“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false,” he finished.
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