MONTREAL | The republican senator Mitt Romney did not hesitate Saturday to qualify as an act of “corruption” the decision of president Donald Trump to commute the sentence of his friend Roger Stone.
“Corruption history unprecedented: an american president commutes the prison sentence of a person convicted by a jury for having lied to protect this president,” he shared on Twitter.
The political scientist Pierre Martin, who closely follows american politics, is not surprised that the occupant of the White House has done a favor to Stone, convicted of having played a role in the case of the interference in Russian during the presidential campaign of 2016.
“Stone lied to protect Trump, therefore, the system essentially reward someone who has committed a crime to cover his crime to him. The key to the determination of a criminal act in the case of Russian, it was the chain of contacts that can exist between the campaign Trump, WikiLeaks and the information stolen by the Russians. And this point of contact, it is quite obvious that it was Roger Stone,” said Mr. Martin, Saturday, in an interview with the QMI Agency.
“The reason why there has not been enough evidence to charge him formally Trump malfeasance, it is that there has been obstruction of justice, a role in part played by Stone,” said Mr. Martin, who is director of the Chair in american political and economic studies at the University of Montreal.
For Mitt Romney, who does not hesitate to face up Trump even if they are in the same camp, there is no doubt that the republican president to push the limits by commuting the sentence of his friend Roger Stone.
“Corruption history unprecedented: an american president commutes the prison sentence of a person convicted by a jury for having lied to protect this president,” he shared on Twitter on Saturday.
Weakened by his handling of the health crisis, the disease-related coronavirus, Donald Trump is taking a risk policy, less than four months before the elections, “giving a favor that he would never have given it to someone else,” says Pierre Martin, but the arguments of Trump want that “the judgment was unfair to Stone, and that the investigation of Muller was unfair”.
Sentenced last February to a sentence of 40 months in prison, Stone would find himself behind bars as early as next week. Trump has commuted his sentence at the last minute, on Friday.
“Stone has acted knowing full well that Trump was going to take the trouble if he was found guilty, it’s part of the set of obstacles to justice that have prevented it from revealing the whole truth about the case of Russian,” said Peter Martin, noting in passing that the Stone has not been pardoned.
“Stone will not go to jail, but he has not been forgiven, it does not erase the criminal offences of his record,” said Mr. Martin, reminding them that the colorful character has since decades its image as a “bad boy” and is even “to be valued by this story, it is in fact a point of honour”.
In the event of the election of the democratic candidate Joe Biden on November 3rd, the department of Justice might return to the charge against Trump.
“For obstruction of justice, there is an expiration term of five years. So if Trump is renewing its mandate, the charges would fall, but if he is defeated, the authorities of the department of justice, as to whether they have sufficient evidence, may file an accusation in due form against Trump,” concluded Mr. Martin, who is also a columnist for the “Journal de Montréal”.