President Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone.
Stone, 67, was sentenced in February to three years and four months in prison after a trial late last year where a jury found him guilty on all seven felony charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The White House said in a statement: “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr,” calling Stone “a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years.”
Trump acted just after a federal appeals court panel denied a last-ditch bid by Stone to delay an order for him to surrender at a federal prison in Jesup, Ga. next Tuesday. Stone suffered from health conditions that put him at serious risk of dying if he went to that prison, which is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.
Stone was set to report to prison by June 30, but last month asked the judge who oversaw his case to delay his reporting date until early September because of the dangers of coronavirus in prison. However, Jackson instead ordered Stone into home detention at his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., residence and instructed him to quarantine and report to prison on July 14.