During an interview on CNN Wednesday night, a juror in the Roger Stone trial said President Trump “damages our democracy” by interfering in the judicial process and calling into question the intentions of jurors like himself.
“I’m appalled honestly,” Seth Cousins said. “I think it’s appalling for the president to be attacking American citizens for fulfilling their duties to our republic. And further I think the actions of the president and of the attorney general cast doubt on the bedrock of the equal administration of justice that is just so important to our country.”
“I think he damages our democracy by attacking this way and I wish he would stop.”
In November, jurors convicted Stone, a longtime Trump adviser, on all seven counts of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering, charges that sprang from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
In a shocking development earlier this month, all four federal prosecutors who had been working the Stone case quit it after the Justice Department undercut their recommendation for a seven-to-nine-year prison sentence.
Cousin went on to defend the jurors process and impartiality.
“I think the most important thing people need to know is that we followed a very rigorous process, as a jury group,” he said. “We look at every element of every single charge. We try to construct reasonable alternative explanations and only when all of that failed did each of us individually make the decision to vote guilty.”
Stone is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning.