Trump plans to commute sentence of Roger Stone - Stone afraid of getting Covid in prison
President Donald Trump appeared in a pair of interviews on Fox News during which he indicated that he was considering granting clemency to longtime associate Roger Stone. Trump has known Stone for over 40 years. Stone is set to report to prison on July 14. Sources told Fox News Friday that the president could announce a commutation of Stone’s sentence as early as Friday evening.
On January 25, 2019, Stone was arrested at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home in connection with Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation and charged in an indictment with witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and five counts of making false statements. Stone was convicted on all seven counts in November 2019 and was sentenced to 40 months in prison
During an interview with Fox News this week, Stone said he was “praying” for Trump to intervene.
When asked whether he’d prefer a pardon or a commutation of his sentence, Stone said “either one obviously would have an effect, in my opinion, of saving my life.”
“I have deep concerns about going to a prison where there absolutely is COVID virus, and, therefore, either one would have an effect of saving my life," Stone said.
Trump, for weeks, has signaled he could be open to granting Stone clemency — tweeting last month that Stone 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!”
When asked by Fox News' Sean Hannity whether he's considering pardoning his friend and ally, Trump responded, 'I am always thinking'
In a separate interview with radio host Howie Carr, Trump condemned Stone's 'horrible' treatment at the hands of law enforcement.