“No Republican Senate Judiciary response, NO ‘JUSTICE’, NO FBI, NO NOTHING,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.
The president continued that effort on Friday evening as he commuted the sentence of Mr. Stone, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser, just before he was set to serve a 40-month sentence in federal prison. He was convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation into Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and ties to Russia, with prosecutors convincing jurors that he lied under oath, withheld a trove of documents and threatened an associate with harm if he cooperated with congressional investigators. Mr. Stone has maintained his innocence.
In announcing the commutation, the White House released a screed condemning Mr. Mueller’s office, calling his prosecutors “out of control” and “desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation.”
“As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the special counsel’s office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface,” the statement said. “These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice.”
In his rebuttal in The Post, Mr. Mueller said he felt “compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate” and to “specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office.”
“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law,” Mr. Mueller wrote. “The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false.”
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/12/us/politics/mueller-testify-senate-graham.html