The Morning Dispatch: The Swift Backlash to the Roger Stone Commutation
Happy Monday! The past few days have been filled with some incredibly silly news—most of it related to canned beans. We hope you were able to tune it all out and enjoy your weekend like a normal person.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
As of Sunday night, 3,302,695 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States (an increase of 56,770 from yesterday) and 135,176 deaths have been attributed to the virus (an increase of 399 from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 4.1 percent (the true mortality rate is likely much lower, between 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 40,282,176 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (728,781 conducted since yesterday), 8.2 percent have come back positive.
President Trump officially announced he would be commuting the sentence of Roger Stone—one of his longtime friends—who had been convicted of obstructing justice, lying to Congress, and witness tampering in relation to investigations into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Stone, 67, was facing 40 months in prison for 7 felony convictions.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Sunday he will call former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress. Mueller broke his near yearlong public silence over the weekend with a Washington Post op-ed defending the prosecution of Roger Stone.