Roger Stone, a longtime ally and confidant of President Trump, was convicted of lying to Congress about efforts to get information on emails stolen by Russian agents from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief.
Trump’s long-suspected intervention in the case of his former campaign official came after more than a year of the president railing against Stone’s prosecution as a miscarriage of justice and a “witch hunt.”
On Friday morning, Trump said he was “looking at” a pardon for Stone, who was “very unfairly treated.”
Clemency was among the only options left for Stone to avoid entering prison next week. A panel of federal appeals judges on Friday evening denied a request from Stone’s lawyers to delay the 67-year-old’s prison surrender date until early September.
President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty of seeking to thwart congressional and FBI investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.https://t.co/IexaASNKHw
— POLITICO (@politico) July 10, 2020
Donald Trump has never been shy about protecting his criminal friends. The message is clear: the law doesn't apply to those who enable Trump's misconduct. https://t.co/E5QrG8vOkb
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) July 10, 2020