Tag: Stone, Roger J Jr

Barr Clashes With House Democrats in Testimony, Defending Protests Response

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats, Defending Responses to Protests and Russia Inquiry

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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Barr to Testify on Protest Response, Mueller Inquiry and Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr will travel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for his first congressional testimony in more than a year, and lawmakers are prepared to press for explanations on the federal response to nationwide protests of police killings of Black Americans and the handling of criminal cases involving President Trump’s allies. […]

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Barr Defends Protest Response and Criticizes Russia Inquiry Ahead of Testimony

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr defended the federal response to the protests and unrest around the nation in recent weeks, declaring in comments released late Monday that the rule of law must be upheld as “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction” in places like Portland, […]

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Roger Stone Uses Racial Slur on Radio Show

During a live radio show on Saturday, Roger Stone, the political operative who was spared a prison sentence this month by his friend President Trump, used a racial slur while speaking with the host, who is Black. Mr. Stone was speaking on the “The Mo’Kelly Show,” a program based at a Los Angeles radio station […]

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God Did Not Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence

This article is part of Frank Bruni’s free newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it every Wednesday. As the start of his prison sentence approached, Roger Stone didn’t despair. “I had prayed fervently,” the felon told Mike Allen of Axios in a phone interview a few days ago, adding that he believed that […]

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We Can Still Get the Truth From Roger Stone

Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly opposed President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence for seven felonies — the latest act by this administration to undermine the rule of law. If Mr. Barr’s resistance is to be believed, the Department of Justice still has a path to vindicate the rule of law by putting Mr. […]

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Did Mueller Ever Stand a Chance Against Trump and Roger Stone?

In 1972, I served as an assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, which investigated the connection between the White House and the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, the subsequent cover-up and other crimes connected with the White House under Richard Nixon. And nothing that I saw then — even during […]

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Graham to Call Mueller to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that he would call the former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before his panel about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties to the Trump campaign. The announcement, […]

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What Trump Wants From Roger Stone

Roger J. Stone Jr. made it no secret that he was desperate for President Trump to commute his 40-month prison sentence for impeding a congressional inquiry and other crimes. But what finally persuaded Mr. Trump to commute his sentence and set him free? Why would the president, who unabashedly prioritizes his self-interest, subject himself to […]

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Presidential Pardons and Commutations, From Whiskey Rebellion to Roger Stone

President Trump’s move on Friday to commute the 40-month prison sentence of the political operative Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime friend of the president’s, is far from the first time the use of that presidential power has raised eyebrows. The authority to issue pardons and commutations is one of the few executive powers that […]

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Trump’s Clemency Came After Displays of Loyalty by Stone

Months before F.B.I. agents arrived in darkness at his Florida home to take him into custody, Roger J. Stone Jr. promised that he would remain loyal to his longtime friend. “I will never roll on Donald Trump,” he said. He did not, and Mr. Stone is now a free man. The president’s decision on Friday […]

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In Rare Public Comments, Mueller Defends Prosecution of Roger Stone

WASHINGTON — The former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III broke his long silence on Saturday to defend his prosecution of Roger J. Stone Jr., forcefully rebutting President Trump’s claims that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was political and illegitimate. Speaking out the day after Mr. Trump commuted Mr. Stone’s prison […]

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