Rep. Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump over his decision to commute the sentence of his friend and former aide Roger Stone.
Schiff wrote off Trump’s decision as a blow to justice and the rule of law.
“I think anyone who cares about the rule of law in this country is nauseated by the fact that the president has commuted the sentence of someone who willfully lied to Congress, covered up for the president, intimidated witnesses, obstructed the investigation,” Schiff said Sunday on ABC News’ This Week. “It shouldn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican. This should be offensive to you if you care about the rule of law, and if you care about justice.”
“The president threw this commutation, basically saying, ‘If you lie for me, if you cover up for me, if you have my back, then I will make sure that you get a get out of jail free card,'” Schiff said. “Other Americans, different standard. Friends of the president, accomplices of the president, they get off scot-free.”
“Here you have no more than a couple of Republicans willing to say a single word about someone who came in before Congress and lied to them, intimidated witnesses, and obstructed them,” Schiff said. “And why? Because he did it to cover up for a president for their party. This is a distinction between now and Watergate. The Republicans at that time would not have stood for this, and Nixon understood that. But Donald Trump understands that he has these Republicans cowed. They won’t stand up to him. They won’t defend the rule of law.”
Pelosi said that Trump’s decision is a “threat to national security.”
“It’s staggering corruption, but I think it’s important for people also to know it’s a threat to national security,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The whole impeachment process was about our national security. Why we are at the Supreme Court on these cases was to find out about the Russian connection, and we will continue to pursue that. This case was about the Russian connection,” Pelosi added.
“People should know this isn’t just about lying to Congress, that means lying to the American people, and witness tampering and the rest. It’s about our national security,” she said on Sunday.