Setting the Scene

Twenty-nine FBI agents wearing tactical gear, carrying M4 rifles, swept across Roger Stone’s lawn. Four agents used a battering ram to break down his front door and then pointed their rifles  at Stone’s head.

A helicopter hovered above, and two police boats roared up to the back yard of Stone’s home. The bust was shown live on CNN, which just happened to be there at 6 a.m.

The bizarre raid was not designed to capture an armed and dangerous criminal, but rather a writer, self-promoter and longtime friend of President Trump. The feds knew that Stone had no criminal record, owned no firearms, had an expired passport and posed no danger to anyone nor was he a flight risk.

So, what was the point?

The objective was to scare the hell out of Stone so that he might say something damaging about Trump, even if it was a complete fabrication. It was the equivalent of suborning perjury.

In ANY other case…

Roger Stone would have received a new trial. Tomeka Hart, the jury foreperson, is a Democratic activist who voiced extreme anti-Trump opinions that were largely concealed during jury selection. Before she was ever picked for the trial, Hart posted numerous social media comments highly critical of Trump and actively engaged in protests against him. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who was appointed to the bench to serve for life by President Barack Obama, denied the request.

Commutation

President Trump did not pardon Stone, which would have absolved him of his convicted crimes. Rather, Trump commuted Stone’s sentence of 40 months in prison.

The Question

I’ve read accounts of allegedly conservatives lamenting President Trump’s move to commute Roger Stone’s sentence. They puff and posture that Stone himself isn’t a good man. For the historical record, I agree. But the Mueller witch hunt focused on Stone wrongly and his trial was tainted in several different directions, and the crime was supporting President Trump – not a statutory crime but clearly it’s considered a crime inside the DC Beltway.

7 COMMENTS

    • Yes, it was something for the underutilized FBI SWAT Team to do. Though under the Biden Doctrine, the FBI SWAT Team will be disbanded as law enforcement is de-militarized. (and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you)

  1. By commuting the sentence, Trump is sending the message that Stone may or may not be guilty, but that, in Trump’s opinion, the criminal justice system was flawed and the conviction was bupkis.

    So where were all the people yelling when the California governor commuted all death penalty convictions to Life with possibility of Parole?

    Trump did the right thing.

    Unlike Obama, who used commutations and pardons as, as far as I can tell, a pay to play situation. Funny how rich the people or the backers of the people he pardoned/commuted were. Not that I’m saying, just it’s awfully suspicious.

    Now let’s work on Flynn’s case. How long is the Judge in the case going to go against the law and all common sense before that case is finally closed, well, except for bankrupting General Flynn. What will it take, arresting the judge on conspiracy or something?

    • On Point – no the left won’t utter a peep at California and other states releasing dangerous felons onto the street while they de-fund all or part of law enforcement

      They just hate Trump.

      EVERYTHING that Obama did was pay-to-play, and the same was true of SECSTATE Clinton.

  2. Just think how much more fun the Breaking Bad TV series would have been if the chemist didn’t produce a horrifically destructive drug of abuse, but instead Claymore mines by the pallet at $20/each. Imagine the news video if the charging wave of national socialist storm troopers were blown up individually like a short version of the opening of Saving Private Ryan, leaving one last attacker to die on the porch with his intestines trailing behind him, his head collapsing on the doormat which read “come back with a warrant”.

    > one day, when I’m worth a bundle, I will buy [an ejection seat] for my man cave as a conversation piece (without the solid propellant rockets).

    One day, when I’m worth a bundle, I will install a functioning, inspected ejection seat in my bat plane. You people dream small. I’d like a Mustang for commuting, and a Warthog for attacking. There is a nice Navy trainer, aerobatic, with oxygen and so forth that seems like a modern update of the Mustang. Just the thing to fly to either coast for a fine seafood dinner.

    • The M-18A1 Claymore cost $120 each to produce in 1990 dollars. I don’t think that includes the carrying bag (bandolier of six), the M-40 circuit test kit, but it includes the clacker to detonate them. They can be detonated together or individually, and you can set up trip wires to trigger them as well.

      But as an anti-personnel weapon, the M-18A1 pales in comparison to an M1A1 Bangalore Torpedo. The Bangalore was designed to shred wire obstacles, but as an anti-personnel weapon, it excels. The newer models have laser etched casings for better fragmentation. You should see what it does to a soft skinned vehicle at close range. True, the Bangalores are much larger, longer and are more of a hassle to carry, but some in the business think that the effect is worth the hump of a larger weapon.

  3. The news keeps saying that Stone is a long time friend:
    https://qz.com/1533796/roger-stone-and-donald-trumps-complicated-30-year-history/
    Stone and Trump have a complicated, often contentious relationship that goes back decades and was centered around Trump’s flirtation with politics for nearly as long. During Trump’s 2016 campaign, Stone served briefly as his communications advisor, and founded a political action committee that raised over $500,000 for Trump. He’s often claimed to have the ear of the president, and Trump recently thanked him publicly for promising to never testify against him.

    And then, the men’s friendship seemed to go dark. By 2008, Trump was telling people he was disgusted by Stone. “Roger is a stone-cold loser,” he told the New Yorker, in a profile of Stone in which the “dirty trickster” takes credit for the “Brooks Brothers riot” that threw off the final counting in the Al Gore–George W. Bush presidential election of 2000 and for aiding in the downfall of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. “He always tries taking credit for things he never did,” Trump said.

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