Washington, DC, July 10, 2020 – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:
“President Trump has engaged in countless acts that are both self-serving and destructive to our democracy while in office, but commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, a crony who lied and obstructed our investigation to protect Trump himself, is among the most offensive to the rule of law and principles of justice.
“Stone repeatedly lied to the House Intelligence Committee under oath and threatened a witness, all to cover up an effort by President Trump and his campaign to secretly communicate with Wikileaks and exploit its release of Russian-hacked emails targeting his opponent. Stone knew that telling the truth about his interactions with senior campaign officials and Trump himself would expose the president’s eagerness to obtain foreign help. So he lied.
“Stone has expressed no remorse for his lies to the Committee, which went to the core of our investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s knowledge and efforts to exploit that interference. In fact, recently released portions of the Special Counsel’s Report concerning Stone’s conduct strongly suggest that President Trump provided false testimony to the Special Counsel’s office about his conversations regarding Wikileaks.
“With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else. Donald Trump, Bill Barr, and all those who enable them pose the gravest of threats to the rule of law.”