WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone. Stone told The Associated Press that Trump called Friday to inform him he would commute his prison sentence for crimes related to the Russia probe. The White House later confirmed the commuting of the sentence in a statement, saying Stone was a victim of the Russia “hoax.”
The move comes just days before Stone was set to report to prison for a three-year term.
He was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.
It’s an unbelievable level of blatant full on corruption.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 11, 2020
Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump and Roger Stone.
Ignore the Corrupt Media, this achieved justice.
The penalty was horrendous in comparison to the proven acts.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) July 11, 2020
Actual statement from WH press secretary on commutation of Roger Stone sentence: pic.twitter.com/6Xpg6AbcbB
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 11, 2020