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Judge seeks more details on Trump's clemency for Roger Stone

President Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone. President Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone. |  Photo: ABC News

from Associated Press reports
Updated: July 13, 2020 11:23 AM

A federal judge is demanding more information about President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone.

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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.

Trump commuted Stone’s sentence on Friday evening, just days before he was to begin serving a 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in 2016.

The criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post, posted Saturday, that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserts that Trump ally Roger Stone “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so” despite the president’s decision to commute his prison sentence.

The op-ed marks Mueller’s first public statement on his investigation since his congressional appearance last July. It's his firmest defense of the two-year probe whose results have come under attack and even been partially undone by the Trump administration.

Trump’s intervention drew fierce rebukes from Democrats and a few lonely Republicans, with calls for investigations and legislation. But it remains to be seen if Trump’s most recent defiance of the conventions of his office to commute Stone's sentence will matter to voters grappling with a deadly COVID-19 surge and a national discourse on racial justice.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling it “an act of staggering corruption." She says legislation is needed to prevent a president from pardoning or commuting the sentence of someone who acted to shield that president from prosecution.

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