In a head-spinning mix of corruption and cronyism, Donald Trump commuted longtime pal and political dirty trickster Roger Stone’s 40-month federal prison sentence. Stone was convicted by a jury on five counts of lying to congress, one count of obstruction, and one count of witness tampering. This followed months of tweets wherein Trump whined about how unfairly Stone had been treated (he hadn’t) and how the Russia investigation was a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” (it wasn’t), and back-room efforts by Attorney-General Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to force Stone’s judge to go easy  on his sentencing. To be fair, Barr reportedly advised against Trump’s decision to let Stone off the hook, but his past efforts to “grease the skids” for a convicted felon and presidential ally, and non-response to this outrage make him equally culpable in my mind.