Trump: Prosecutors ‘Ought to Apologize’ To Stone For Treating Him “Very Badly"
President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that his longtime friend and confidant Roger Stone, who was convicted last year of lying under oath to congressional investigators and witness tampering, was treated “very badly” by prosecutors in his case, according to The New York Times.
Trump also said the prosecutors “ought to apologize” to Stone, whom he suggested could receive a presidential pardon: “I don’t want to say that yet, but I tell you what, people were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people.”
“You have murderers and drug addicts that don’t get nine years,” the president said. “Nine years for doing something that no one can even define what he did.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to Attorney General William Barr for “taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”
After the Justice Department intervened to overrule the initial seven to nine year sentence recommendation put forth by Stone’s prosecutors, the prosecutors resigned, The Times reported.
The DOJ’s move came just hours after Fox News reported the original sentencing recommendation and Trump’s Twitter complaint calling it unfair; however, Justice Department officials and the president claim that Trump was not consulted over the matter.