“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,” Robert Mueller, Special Counsel
Plenty of people have been found guilty of crimes they swear were never committed by them. Some complain about injustice or other measures to justify their claim. Then there is Donald Trump. Any and every allegation against him or those who are part of his “crew” are false, fake or just plain untrue. His strategy in upholding his innocence is to create a vicious assault on the accusers. He takes the media microphone and attempts to blast his critics into submission or feels enough people have adopted his position. This attempt to nullify is laughable because it makes you wonder why he spends so much time doing this when as president, certainly there are more important things he could be doing in leading the nation?
As for Trump’s connection with Stone most people with their background of criminal dealings have an insatiable appetite to keep business dealings tied up in the court system. People like Trump who tout their “success” and “celebrity” are very careful to construct a web to keep their affairs private, which is why very few seek public life. Then again, they have been transformed into such large personalities their ego can’t help from being in charge. The presidency is known as the most powerful person in the free-world and the perfect motivation why Donald Trump licked his chops at the notion of gaining such a crown.
Your past is your past but even that can be dangerous in a world where more disclosure than you previously would have wanted must come to light. Why are so many people out to get Trump? Why does he have so many relationships with those who have a propensity for being involved in criminal activities? On and on! But to Trump’s credit he was able to convince enough people who actually voted that he was a self-made billionaire, let alone the world’s greatest entrepreneur and possessed the skills to not only improve their lives but could transform the United States of America into prominence nobody could imagine. A good majority of those who supported him as the President figured why not give the lad a chance? After all, many had forgotten about the near financial collapse of 2008 and fast forward they were feeling pretty good that our worse was behind us.
Trump didn’t start acting like a criminal akin to a crime boss once he was sworn in. That behavior had been embedded into him for years and defined who he really is. Roger Stone’s antics were well known when he worshiped Richard Nixon. He was a known “dirty trickster” who would do anything for those needing the ploys that defined who he was. His tactic was basic, do enough activity that borders on the line of honesty/criminal but do not get caught.
Whether Donald Trump will be rewarded with a second term is anybody’s guess. What is worth pondering is why do many people close to him and his White House administration have been caught up in the web of criminal malfeasance? They skirt the law at every turn while proclaiming they have done nothing wrong while attacking critics and authorities “out to get them” fueled by being jealous of the 2016 election results. Jay Sekulow and other Trump attorney’s had convinced him he has absolute immunity and can do anything he wishes as if he were a Monarch, King or some other absolute political leader. That is until the other day when the Supreme Court ruled otherwise.
As president Trump has the authority to commute, pardon or otherwise minimize the crimes of Manafort, Flynn, Stone, et. Al. The head scratcher for most is when can we remember a president having so many criminal calamities during his first term in office?
Roger Stone has been granted a reprieve by Donald Trump. So the question is will Donald Trump pay a political price for badgering anyone and everyone from members of the Supreme Court, to politicians he does not like, to the myriad of authors who have written tell-all books about his childlike behavior, while granting favors to those with a criminal past such as Stone or those he deems loyal, while using the office of the presidency to invoke such privileges?
Robert Mueller, Special Counsel – Full Op-Ed in response
to Stone’s sentence being commuted by Donald Trump