WaPo: Trump Hints At Pardon For Roger Stone
President Donald Trump dropped a strong hint on Thursday morning that he might pardon his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone, The Washington Post reported.
The president tweeted that Stone was the “victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt” and suggested he should “sleep well at night.”
Trump’s comments were in response to “a tweet by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, who complained that Stone would be serving more time in prison than ‘99% of these rioters destroying America.’”
Kirk was referencing the violence amid nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.
Kirk urged his Twitter followers to retweet him “for a full pardon of Roger Stone!”
The president responded: “No. Roger was a victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt, one which will go down as the greatest political crime in history. He can sleep well at night!”
- The Post reported that Stone has been “praying” for a pardon from Trump.
A jury convicted Stone in November of lying during testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in September 2017 to conceal his central role in the Trump campaign’s efforts to learn about Democratic computer files hacked by Russia and made public by WikiLeaks to damage Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Stone “was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, suspended pending his motion for a new trial,” but the motion was denied by a federal judge in April.
Stone is expected to report to federal prison by June 30.