Faced with the prospect of 40 months in prison, Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Trump and former adviser, is praying for a pardon from the president.
The Justice Department supported a new court filing on Tuesday, July 7, for Stone to go to prison next Tuesday.
Stone spoke to Tucker Carlson in an interview on Thursday, July 9, and said he had not received any word from the White House on a pardon or a reduction in his sentence, which is due to commence on July 14.
“I think I’ll be the last person to know,” Stone told Fox News. “He hates leaks, and he hates to be told what to do. I have instructed my lawyers not to contact the lawyers at the White House.”
He continued: “The president, who I’ve known for 40 years, has an incredible sense of fairness. He is aware that the people trying to destroy Michael Flynn, now trying to destroy me, are the people trying to destroy him.”
Stone was convicted in November 2019 of seven counts of obstruction, making false statements to Congress, and witness tampering, connected to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation during the Trump-Russia probe.
In February, he was handed a three-year prison sentence, set to commence on July 14.
Stone has denied the charges and denies any wrongdoing. He has appealed the conviction and has requested a retrial after the jury foreperson had admitted to political bias against Stone and President Trump at his trial in February.
President Trump supported Stone as he sought a new trial, calling the jury in the original trial “tainted” and saying he’ll eventually make a “determination.” He added, “I’d love to see Roger exonerated, and I’d love to see it happen.” There was widespread speculation of a possible presidential pardon for Stone.
“‘ They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.’ @CNN. OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?” the president tweeted at the time.
“They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.” @CNN OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
Stone has concerns about his health issues and the CCP Virus should he be incarcerated and is praying for an act of mercy.
“I think this is a death sentence,” Stone said. “I don’t think I will live to see my appeal succeed, which is why I have been very forthright about my praying that the president acts, either with a commutation of my sentence so I may follow my appeal and win vindication or of course, a pardon. That’s completely within his power, but I would call on him to do it on humanitarian grounds as an act of both mercy and justice.”
Stone said the crimes he is accused of are “fabricated.”
The president has retweeted a post that is garnering signatures to have Stone granted a pardon: “IT’S TIME TO #PardonRogerStone.”
IT’S TIME TO #PardonRogerStone
— LORI HENDRY (@Lrihendry) June 24, 2020