Jonathan Turley Injects Sanity Into Discussion on Roger Stone Commutation After Romney, Media Pearl-Clutching

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George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


As my RedState colleague Streiff reported Friday, the mainstream media erupted in predictable outrage over President Trump’s commuting of what the White House called the “unjust” prison sentence of former adviser Roger Stone.

Trump signed the Executive Grant of Clemency on Stone just a few days before he was to begin serving his 40 months sentence after being convicted in November of lying to Congress during the sham Russia collusion investigation. Stone was sentenced in February.

After all the pearl-clutching from the media and the Usual Suspects on the Schiff left and the Romney right, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley decided to inject some sanity into the discussion by noting that Trump’s Stone commutation “was not even a distant contender for ‘the most corrupt and cronyistic act’ of presidential clemency”, as was alleged by Trump’s critics:


In other words, you don’t have to be a fan of Stone’s nor necessarily agree with Trump’s decision to be able to see that the media/Democrat/Romney “outrage” over Stone’s commutation is nothing more than hypocritical garbage virtue-signaling chock full of historical (hysterical?) ignorance.

Read Turley’s full Twitter thread unrolled here and the piece he wrote for The Hill explaining his position in greater detail here.


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