Roger Stone Sentenced To 40-Months In Prison, Trump Hints At Pardon
Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Thursday for lying to congressional investigators and witness intimidation, according to CNBC.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson said during sentencing that Stone was not “prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the president, he was prosecuted for covering up for the president.”
“The truth still exists, the truth still matters. Roger Stone’s insistence that it doesn’t ... are a threat to our most fundamental institutions,” Jackson continued.
However, CNBC noted that Stone will not begin serving his sentence any time soon and may not have to serve time at all. Jackson “suspended the imposition of the sentence pending her ruling on a request by Stone that he be granted a new trial on the grounds of alleged juror misconduct at his trial last fall,” the news outlet reported.
The possibility also exists that Stone will receive a pardon from Trump, who has suggested he is considering the move in recent days. A presidential pardon would void both Stone’s conviction and sentence.
Jackson noted that the guidelines in Stone’s case call for a sentence of between 70 and 87 months in prison, but she handed down a sentence of 40 months.
Prosecutors on the case initially recommended seven to nine years, but Attorney General William Barr intervened to suggest a lesser sentence would be more appropriate — sparking outrage and calls for his resignation. The move came after Trump tweeted his dismay with the original sentencing recommendation.
Trump tweeted again on Thursday that the case against Stone was unfair, writing: ““They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.” @cnn OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?”