Sunday, July 12, 2020

Mueller Defends Prosecution of Roger Stone

The former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III broke his long silence on Saturday to defend his prosecution of Roger J. Stone Jr., forcefully rebutting President Trump’s claims that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was political and illegitimate, reported the New York Times.
Speaking out the day after Mr. Trump commuted Mr. Stone’s prison sentence for obstructing an inquiry into Russia’s role in the campaign, Mr. Mueller said Mr. Stone was no innocent victim and emphasized that the president’s clemency grant did not erase the conviction on seven felony counts.
“Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes,” Mr. Mueller wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post. “He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”
Mr. Mueller seemed most aggrieved over the president’s assertions of bad faith on the part of those who prosecuted Mr. Stone and others affiliated with Mr. Trump.
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