In a stark reminder that not all Republicans are fans of Donald Trump, the conservative group “Republicans for the Rule of Law” put out an attack ad on the president criticizing his move to reduce Roger Stone’s recommended sentence by having the Justice Department intervene in his case. As the ad points out, Stone was convicted of seven felonies “including intimidating a witness against him by threatening to kill his dog.”
The maximum sentence Stone could have received for all of these felonies was 50 years in federal prison. Prosecutors were seeking only seven to nine years, but Trump thought that was outrageous and expressed these feelings on Twitter. Hours later, the Department of Justice sent a message asking for Stone’s sentence to be reduced even further.
“Every career prosecutor involved in the case resigned in protest,” the ad says.”The criminal justice system shouldn’t depend on being friends with the president. The law must apply the same to everyone.”
This is far from the first time that Republicans for the Rule of Law has criticized the actions of Donald Trump. They’ve published dozens of anti-Trump videos on their YouTube page since the Mueller investigation was underway, some of which have aired on TV. One, in particular, ran on Fox News commercial breaks, attacking Trump’s firing of impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
“As a penalty for telling the truth, President Trump fired him and his twin brother and had them escorted from the White House,” the voiceover states. “This isn’t how the president is supposed to treat military heroes who obey the law.”
The ads are so good that even liberals with blue waves in their Twitter names are sharing them.
@SenateGOP Sad how little you care about the rule of law...trump will continue to push the envelope until you grow a collective spine and push back...wringing your hands, clutching your pearls and making off the record comments isn't enough... https://t.co/1yxp355Epd— Stormy Weather (@Storm92771136) February 13, 2020
If only we had more reasonable Republicans like this.