(Liberty Bell) – The bulldog of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation, notorious now-former prosecutor Andrew Weissman, has lashed out in the wake of President Donald Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence.
Stone was convicted of charges relating to the sham Russia investigation, and Trump commuted his sentence hours before he was set to begin his time in prison.
Weissman, meanwhile, is calling for Stone to be dragged before a grand jury to “vindicate the rule of law.”
Newsmax explains of Weissman’s op-ed in the New York Times which was published this week:
Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison for making false statements to investigators looking into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Just days before he was set to report to jail, Trump issued a commutation of his sentence.
“Mr. Stone was sentenced to spend 40 months in prison until he got his reward for keeping his lips sealed,” Weissmann said of Trump’s commutation.
Just before Trump announced he would grant Stone clemency, Stone stated he had remained silent, Weissmann stated. Trump has repeatedly stated that Stone was part of an “illegal witch hunt.”
“This does not have to be the end of the story,” he wrote.
Weissmann said that if Attorney General William Barr is really opposed to Trump’s decision, he could put Stone before a grand jury.
“Prosecutors are well armed to get to the bottom of what Mr. Stone knows but has refused to disclose,” he said. “If there was nothing nefarious about his coordination efforts, why did he lie about them to Congress? This question remains unanswered, as the Mueller report notes.”
He said prosecutors “can seek to discover the answer by calling Mr. Stone before a grand jury.”
Stone can be served with a grand jury subpoena by either a federal or state prosecutor, regardless of whether or not there is even a congressional subpoena, Weissman said.
Either of these options would force Stone to answer the question, “Why did you lie to Congress?” he said.
If Stone is subpoenaed, Weissman claimed, he’d be faced with the option of either lying, which would place him behind bars, refuse to comply, which could lead to him being held in contempt, or testify and “simply tell the truth.”
Clearly he’s ignoring the fact that Stone very well may have told the truth already, which is exactly why Trump wants him to appeal so justice can truly be served.
However Weissman says that, if Stone “lies,” i.e. has the same story he did before, he could now face “criminal liability — precisely the result that he has sought to avoid.”
“The tools to get at the truth are there and should be used,” he wrote. “If Mr. Barr does not support their use, we should all ask ourselves why not.”