Quigley Statement on Trump Commutation of Roger Stone Sentence
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Roger Stone. Stone is a longtime political ally of Trump and was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering as part of Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“Roger Stone tried to cover up attempts by President Trump and his campaign to secretly communicate with Wikileaks about their release of Russian-hacked emails targeting Trump’s opponent. Stone lied to Congress, including to the Committee I serve on and under my questioning, threatened witnesses, and did everything in his power to protect the President from facing legal consequences for his actions. He belongs in prison.
“President Trump has made it clear that those who defend him - even if they break the law to do it - will be protected. From publicly pressuring the justice department to end investigations of his allies, to calling for charges to be dropped against Michael Flynn, the President believes that he and his friends are above the law. Donald Trump and his administration pose a grave threat to the rule of law in our country. If he is not stopped, the President will have permanently damaged the legitimacy of the judicial process so it serves only to enable his corruption and cronyism at the expense of the American people.”