Trump Blasts GOP Senators Who Oppose Stone Clemency, Calls Them 'Republicans in Name Only'

President Donald Trump once again singled out the few dissenting members of the Republican Party who criticized him publicly. In this case, he labeled Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania "RINOs" for opposing his commutation of Roger Stone's sentence.

Stone, a longtime adviser of Trump, was convicted last year on seven felony charges, including witness tampering, lying to Congress, and obstructing a proceeding. A self-described "dirty trickster" going back to the Nixon administration, Stone was due to report to a Georgia federal prison to serve a 40-month sentence — before the president granted the commutation.

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On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted: "Do RINO'S Pat Toomey & Mitt Romney have any problem with the fact that we caught Obama, Biden, & Company illegally spying on my campaign? Do they care if Comey, McCabe, Page & her lover, Peter S, the whole group, ran rampant, wild & unchecked - lying & leaking all the way? NO!"

"RINO" is somewhat of a disparaging acronym for "Republicans in name only," something which Trump himself was accused of being by many GOP establishment figures during his 2016 presidential run.

On Saturday, Romney described Trump's commutation of Stone's sentence as "unprecedented, historic corruption."

Romney is no stranger to offering public rebukes of the president's actions. The former 2012 Republican presidential nominee was the lone GOP senator to vote to convict Trump on one impeachment charge earlier this year.

Toomey offered a more tempered criticism, labeling the move to pardon Stone a "mistake." He urged the president to use such authority sparingly.

Newsweek reached out to the White House and both Romney and Toomey's offices for any additional remarks Sunday morning.

Trump instead called special counsel Robert Mueller's probe that led to Stone's conviction a "witch hunt." Mueller defended the probe into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign by penning a Saturday Washington Post op-ed that called the investigation of "paramount importance" for democracy. In regards to Stone, Mueller wrote the Trump confidante "remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

"[Stone] lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks ... He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks' releases. He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks," Mueller wrote.

The president retweeted several far right-wing bloggers and pundits who penned columns on their personal websites defending Trump's decision to pardon Stone. "Trump was wright to commute Roger Stone's sentence — Stone committed no crime, was framed by Mueller," wrote Gregg Jarrett.

Trump also called for the extradition of Christopher Steele, the British former MI6 officer behind a controversial dossier laying out Trump's alleged ties to Russia in 2016.

"This man [Steele] should be extradited, tried, and thrown into jail. A sick lier who was paid by Crooked Hillary & the DNC!" Trump tweeted.

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President Donald Trump once again singled out the few dissenting members of the Republican Party who criticized him publicly, in this case, he labeled GOP Senators Mitt Romney and Pat Toomey "RINOs" for opposing his commute of Roger Stone's sentence. JOE RAEDLE / Staff/Getty Images
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