Why is arson a federal crime
Mueller is to be questioned again before the US Congress
Former FBI special investigator Robert Mueller is due to be questioned before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican committee chairman Lindsey Graham wrote on Sunday (local time) on Twitter that a request from the Democrats would be granted.
He was responding to a guest post by Mueller in the Washington Post (Saturday) on Saturday, in which he had defended his investigations into the Russia affair and the criminal prosecution of the Trump confidante Roger Stone, who had now been spared from prison.
Mueller had written that he felt compelled to respond to allegations that the investigation was unlawful and that Stone was a victim of his office. US President Donald Trump had released his confidante Stone, who had been convicted in the Russia affair, from prison a few days before he was due to start prison on Friday. Stone has been prosecuted and convicted for committing federal crimes, Mueller wrote. The former FBI chief commented on the investigation for the first time since a hearing before the US Congress in July 2019.
The Democrats in the US Senate had already urged Mueller to appear before the committee several times, but the Republicans did not go along with them, according to US media reports.
Mueller had investigated allegations of illegal relationships between the Trump campaign team - with which Stone also worked - and representatives of Russia. In the investigation, which was completed in the spring of last year, Mueller found no evidence that there had been secret agreements between the Trump campaign team and representatives of Russia before the 2016 election. In his report, Mueller did not rule out a hindrance to the judiciary's investigations by Trump.
Under the US Constitution, presidents can pardon prisoners or mitigate sentences in federal criminal matters. This also applies to the death penalty. According to statistics from the Justice Department, Trump has converted sentences in ten cases during his tenure. His predecessor Barack Obama did this in 1,715 cases, more often than any other president. State-level pardons are the responsibility of the governors.
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