On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was quick to defend President Donald Trump commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, describing it as a “very important moment for justice” that is a direct contrast to the way other presidents abused their pardoning powers.
McEnany said that Stone never should have been charged in the first place, adding that then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller was charging various people with “process crimes” in order to “justify the waste in tax dollars” on a “completely bogus witch hunt.”
She added that it was “curious” that ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe, director of the CIA under President Obama John Brennan, and Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were accused of making false statements just as Stone was, yet they were never charged.
“Last time I checked they didn’t have 29 FBI agents wearing tactical gear showing up at their house in a pre-dawn raid,” McEnany said, according to Fox News. “Instead, McCabe and Brennan and these guys are given lucrative contracts, books, contributorships.”
She went on to describe Trump as “the president of criminal justice reform,” adding that the Stone commutation was just the latest in a long line of unfairly harsh sentences that he has commuted. McEnany pointed out that while Trump has made just 36 commutations so far in his presidency, Obama had issued 1,927.
Not stopping there, McEnany called out former President Bill Clinton for pardoning his half-brother on drug charges. “You talk about a politically connected pardon, it can’t get more politically connected than pardoning your brother Roger Clinton as President Clinton did,” she said.
She cited other pardons that Clinton made during his presidency as more signs of corruption, including his pardon of his former associate Susan McDougal, who he pardoned after she refused to testify about Clinton’s role in the Whitewater scandal.
“There really are two standards of justice in this country,” McEnany said, quoting Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who had said the same thing upon hearing about Stone’s pardon. “As Adam Schiff noted, unfortunately, he doesn’t have the facts to back up that term the way he meant,” she added.
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This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on July 13, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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