Romney criticizes Trump's move on Roger Stone: 'unprecedented, historic corruption'

Romney criticizes Trump's move on Roger Stone: 'unprecedented, historic corruption' (Senate Television via AP)

Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted on Saturday morning to share his strong disapproval of President Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of Roger Stone.

The tweet reads: "Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president."

Gathering more than 410K likes and 124K retweets in less than seven hours of posting, the move by the Republican Utah Senator sparked controversy in the comments.

Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct, AP wrote on Friday.

The United Utah Party – a Utah political party with moderate views created in 2017 – cheered Romney's condemnation of Trump's decision. Richard Davis, chair of the United Utah Party showed his support for Romney.

"Senator Romney has done the right thing in speaking out against President Trump's misuse of his pardon power," Davis said. "This is certainly not what the Framers of our Constitution had in mind when they gave the pardon power to the executive. It was not intended for cronyism."

Showing support for Romney is not all the United Utah Party had in mind. They are urging members of the Utah delegation to introduce constitutional amendments to limit presidential power. Davis added:

The wonder is not that Romney spoke up. The wonder is that others have not taken action as well to condemn this action by President Trump.