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Donald Trump Commutes the Sentence of His Longtime Friend- Roger Stone

Donald Trump Commutes the Sentence of His Longtime Fried- Roger Stone
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President Trump on Friday evening commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone, a veteran Republican operative who was convicted of lying to Congress about his efforts to contact WikiLeaks during Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Democrats denounced the move as just another in a series of unprecedented interventions by the president in the nation’s justice system.

Stone was convicted in November of seven charges,including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional committee proceeding -as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Among the things he misled Congress about were his communications with Trump campaign officials -communications that prosecutors said Stone hid out of his desire to protect Trump.

In a statement, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump had "signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.," calling him "a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency."

"In light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence," McEnany wrote. "Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!"

Stone was scheduled to report to prison on July 1, but he received a two-week reprieve from Jackson because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.On Monday, he filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to try to postpone his surrender date. The court denied that request on Friday evening.

Stone's legal defense fund sent out a fundraising appeal with a message from Stone's wife, Nydia, asking for donations to help buy advertisements online and on Fox TV in the Washington, D.C., area to appeal to the president to keep her husband out of prison.

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