Mueller considered speaking up earlier against Trump and Barr's attacks, sources say

Lawrence Kim
July 14, 2020

Stone opened by telling Hannity he was facing "the horrific and deep-pocketed resources of the federal government and these really sadistic arrogant politically motivated prosecutors".

In recent months, Barr has pushed to lighten Stone's now-commuted sentence and is attempting to drop Flynn's lying charge, while the Trump administration has declassified a series of documents that Republicans and the Trump campaign have used to attack the origins of the Russian Federation probe - and Trump's 2020 presumptive opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I am grateful for the commutation of my sentence and that the president, in an act of both justice and mercy, has recognized that I did not receive a fair trial as well as recognizing the imminent danger of sending me, at age 67 and with a history of asthma, to a correctional facility that now has 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus", he said. I've had a lifelong respiratory problem.

On Saturday, special counsel Robert Mueller spoke out publicly for the first time in a year to defend his investigation against criticism from Trump and his supporters.

Trump, who long has dismissed allegations that Russian Federation helped him win as "fake news", said he commuted Stone's sentence because Stone had been "treated very unfairly".

Stone also responded to critics who claimed, in his words, that he had "traded his silence for a commutation".

"The president saved a life here", Schoen said.

Stone has consistently denied any wrongdoing and argued that the investigation was a sham.

"She made it very clear to one of my lawyers", Stone said, "after a hearing she asked to see him privately, that if I would re-remember certain phone conversations I had with candidate Trump, if I would come clean, if I would confess that they might be willing to, you know, recommend leniency to the judge".

"Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president", said Republican Sen.

Mr Mueller himself defended the Stone prosecution in a Washington Post opinion piece in which he said Stone "remains a convicted felon, and rightly so". He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. Regarding Stone's prosecution in particular, Mueller wrote that, "Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks' release of [Clinton campaign] e-mails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers". "He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress".

On Friday he tweeted that Mr Trump was justified in commuting Stone's 40-month prison sentence, and that "over time we learn how biased and corrupt Crossfire Hurricane and the Mueller probes were". Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, in a statement on the Stone commutation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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