Here's Where Trump Stands on a Roger Stone Pardon

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Posted: Jul 10, 2020 5:15 PM
Here's Where Trump Stands on a Roger Stone Pardon

Source: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

UPDATE: 

President Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone. 

ORIGINAL POST:

President Trump is "looking at" a Roger Stone pardon, he told reporters at the White House on Friday before leaving for business in Florida. Stone, a political operative and former aide to the president, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison in part for lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his attempt to get information on Hillary Clinton from WikiLeaks. According to the president, Stone was treated "very unfairly." 

“I’ll be looking at it," Trump said. "I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people.”

If Trump does grant him clemency, it would come just a few days before Stone was set to report to prison. He is scheduled to report to a minimum security prison in Georgia on Tuesday, July 14.

Trump has been consistent on this front, telling radio host Howie Carr earlier this week that Stone's prayers may soon be answered.

“If you say he’s praying, his prayer may be answered,” Trump said. “Let’s see what happens.” 

In chats with reporters, Stone has declared that he doesn't want a pardon, but a commutation.

Stone said he is concerned to report to prison, considering the potential to catch the coronavirus. 

Trump has pardoned or commuted the sentences of several people since his time in office, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Scooter Libby. You can see the whole lists here and here.