UPDATED 7:00 PM PT —Friday, July 10, 2020
President Trump has commuted the sentence of his former political adviser Roger Stone. Friday’s announcement came just days before he was set to report to prison.
The White House confirmed the news in a press release.
“Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive grant of clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wrote. “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia hoax that the left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump presidency.”
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) July 11, 2020
One America’s Jack Posobiec also confirmed the news and said Stone is planning to “continue to fight his case in the appeals court, and also do whatever he can to support the full exoneration of General Flynn.”
He added that he is going to continue to fight his case in the appeals court, and also do whatever he can to support the full exoneration of General Flynn
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The president hinted at a possible lifeline for Stone in a series of interviews over the past 24 hours.
Stone was originally convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering in connection with Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
The president’s allies have repeatedly urged him to pardon or grant clemency for Stone since the end of his trial, citing his risk of contracting coronavirus while behind bars.