Trump means he is ready to pardon Roger Stone

Trump means he is ready to pardon Roger Stone
President Donald Trump indicated in a couple of interviews on Thursday that he was ready to sentence Roger Stone, his friend and aide who, among other things, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and going to jail this month.

According to at least half a dozen sources close to the president, Trump is expected to waive Stone's sentence or create uproar.

When asked by Fox News host Sean Honity if he considered an apology or commitment to Stone, Trump said during a phone interview: "I'm always thinking."

You will be looking at this matter like everyone else, ”he said.

In another interview with radio host Howie Carr, Trump condemned Stone's treatment at the hands of law enforcement, saying he could approve his petition for clemency.

"It was framed. It was treated horrendously. It was treated so badly," Trump said.

Tald Stone was "praying" for forgiveness ahead of the day he appeared in jail on July 14, Trump said on Thursday, saying those prayers may be worth it.

"If you say you're praying, your prayer can be answered," Trump said. "Let's see what happens."

He said that Stone is a "good person" and "a character".

Stone was convicted in Congress of five counts of lying, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of the Congress Committee's process. Among other things, he misled Congress about his communications with Trump campaign officials in 2016, with the jury unanimously deciding.

According to prosecutors, Stone lied during testimony and failed to release documents to Congress in 2017 that revealed he had attempted to contact WikiLeaks last year. He lied about five facts that disguised his attempt to use middlemen against Hillary Clinton to help then-candidate Trump in elections.

Prosecutors initially pleaded between seven and nine years in prison, but Attorney General William Burr withdrew that recommendation after Trump harshly criticized it on Twitter.

Four prosecutors withdrew from the case in response to Barr's decision. Two new supervisors from the DC United States Attorney's Office stepped in to handle Stone's sentences, and a new sentencing memo was issued asking for "very little" time.

Stone was eventually sentenced to 40 months in prison earlier this year.

Rapid developments in the case raised questions about the department's independence from political pressure and led Democrats in Congress to call the Inspector General of the Department of Justice to investigate.

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