JUDGE DE­MANDS DETAILS ABOUT STONE CLEMENCY

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD - BY ERIC TUCKER

WASHINGTON — A fed­eral judge on Mon­day de­manded more in­for­ma­tion about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to com­mute the prison sen­tence of long­time ally Roger Stone.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Amy Ber­man Jack­son or­dered that the par­ties provide her by Tues­day with a copy of the ex­ec­u­tive or­der that com­muted Stone’s sen­tence. She also asked for clar­ity about the scope of the clemency, in­clud­ing whether it cov­ers just his prison sen­tence or also the two-year pe­riod of su­per­vised re­lease that was part of his sen­tence.

Hours af­ter the judge’s di­rec­tive, the Jus­tice Depart­ment sub­mit­ted to the court a two-page or­der mak­ing clear that the clemency ex­tended to both Stone’s prison sen­tence and his su­per­vised re­lease.

In the or­der, also posted on the web­site of the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s par­don at­tor­ney of­fice, Trump wrote that jus­tice would not be served were Stone “to re­main con­fined to his home or serve the said sen­tence, and the safety of the com­mu­nity will not be com­pro­mised if he is re­leased from home con­fine­ment and clemency is granted.”

Trump com­muted Stone’s 40-month prison sen­tence on Fri­day evening, just days be­fore he was to re­port to prison. Stone was con­victed as part of spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion of mak­ing false state­ments, tam­per­ing with a wit­ness and ob­struct­ing law­mak­ers who were ex­am­in­ing Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion.

The pres­i­dent told re­porters on Mon­day that he was get­ting “rave re­views” for his ac­tion on Stone and re­stated his po­si­tion that the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion “should have never taken place.”

Democrats lam­basted Trump’s ac­tion as hav­ing un­der­mined the rule of law, and Sen. Mitt Rom­ney of Utah, the only Repub­li­can to vote to con­vict the pres­i­dent dur­ing im­peach­ment, called the clemency de­ci­sion “un­prece­dented, his­toric cor­rup­tion.”

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