House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed his support of President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of Trump’s friend and former adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted by a jury of lying to a congressional committee and obstructing a proceeding. The Republican congressman from California told CNN correspondent Manu Raju “I support” Trump’s move to grant Stone clemency, according to a post Friday on Raju’s Twitter account. McCarthy’s apparent statement to reporters seems to be at odds with Stone’s repeated assertion that the GOP leader had privately advocated against Trump’s decision to keep Stone out of prison. Get your unlimited Newsweek trial > Stone accused McCarthy and New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of advising the president to avoid commuting Stone before November’s election, worrying it could hurt the Republican Party politically. “I know that Kevin McCarthy and Elise Stefanik were lobbying the president against any act of clemency,” Stone said during an appearance Wednesday on Fox Across America. “They, I guess, wanted me to die in a fetid, squalid hellhole in Georgia of coronavirus.” Politico reported that McCarthy and Stefanik had warned Trump during a ride on Air Force One in late May that the president should wait to… Read full this story
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