A reprieve for Roger Stone came on Friday night, July 10, just days before he was due to start a prison sentence of 40 months. Stone confessed recently he was “praying” for a reprieve, and President Trump had previously hinted there was a very good chance of exoneration, tweeting last month, “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!”
Stone was convicted in February on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress—charges stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Stone has always maintained his innocence.
He had asked Judge Jackson to begin his sentence on Sept. 1, due to his various health conditions and the risk of succumbing to the pandemic behind bars. Still, the judge had only granted him a two-week reprieve, and his sentence was to begin on Tuesday, July 14.
That’s when the president intervened, and on Friday, he signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the “unjust sentence” of his former adviser, reported Fox News. A commutation allows the conviction to remain, but lessens the punishment or eliminates jail time.
Stone, an associate of the president’s for 40 years, is well known for his flamboyant style and “his outspoken support for President Donald J. Trump and opposition to Hillary Clinton.”
With a career in politics spanning almost 50 years, he was a consultant for high-profile Republican politicians, including former President Ronald Reagan, Sen. Bob Dole.
The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on Friday, July 10, “Roger Stone is 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.”
McEnany added the president had intervened to commute Stone’s sentence, “in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial.”
“There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia. Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election. The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist,” she said.
McEnany added that Mueller’s office “resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface.” She continued, “These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice.”
Dozens of FBI agents with automatic weapons and tactical equipment, armored vehicles, and an amphibious unit executed a predawn raid of his home, where he was with his wife of many years.”
McEnany went on to add that Stone, who suffers from numerous medical conditions, would “be put at serious medical risk in prison” due to the pandemic.
“He has appealed his conviction and is seeking a new trial. He maintains his innocence and has stated that he expects to be fully exonerated by the justice system,” McEnany said. “Mr. Stone, like every American, deserves a fair trial and every opportunity to vindicate himself before the courts.”
She added, “The president does not wish to interfere with his efforts to do so. At this time, however, and particularly in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the president has determined to commute his sentence.”
“Roger Stone has already suffered greatly,” she added. “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”