McCarthy on Roger Stone: 'Commuting him was correct'

McCarthy on Roger Stone: 'Commuting him was correct'
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyA three-trillion dollar stimulus, but Kevin McCarthy for renewable energy — leading businesses want to change that When will telling the truth in politics matter again? Judge throws out House GOP lawsuit over proxy voting MORE (R-Calif.) said Friday he supports President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE's order from last week commuting the prison sentence of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneNew HBO documentary lets Gaetz, Massie, Buck offer their take on how to 'drain the swamp' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 Democrats blister Barr during tense hearing MORE, who was convicted of lying to Congress.

“I don't think it would be right to pardon him," McCarthy said during a weekly press conference. "I think commuting him was correct."

“I think the president did the right thing and he has the right to do it. And if you watch, the president has used his power much less than other presidents in the past, considerably less than what the Democratic presidents used,” he added.


Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after a jury found him guilty of charges that also included witness tampering and obstruction in connection with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia investigation.

After Trump granted him clemency on July 10, Stone accused McCarthy and Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation MORE (R-N.Y.) during an appearance on The Charlie Kirk show of advocating against the move until after the election.

When asked Friday about Stone's remarks, McCarthy said he’s “not sure what Stone is talking about."

Stefanik told Fox News that she has “not advocated for any pardoning issues with the president."

"I believe, constitutionally, any issues of pardoning are the president’s decision to make and I support the president’s choice,” she said.

A handful of GOP lawmakers, such as Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia MORE (Utah) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyDunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show MORE (Pa.), called Trump's move a “mistake.”

Trump asserted last week that the case against Stone — who maintains his innocence — was politically motivated.