US President Trump Grants Clemency to his Long-time Friend and Former Adviser Roger Stone just before his Prison Term
July 11 , 2020
US President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone (a long-time friend and former political adviser of Trump). Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone Jr comes just days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison in Georgia’s Jesup. Stone was due for a prison term of three years and four months as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. He was convicted in November 2019 of seven charges including lying to the US Congress, tampering of witness, and obstructing a congressional committee proceeding. The prosecutors say that Stone misled Congress (about his communications with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 US Presidential election) with the intent of protecting Trump. The US President Donald Trump’s decision to commute his friend and former adviser Roger Stone is the most assertive intervention of protecting an associate in a criminal case and benefiting an ally. The White House Statement says: “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!” A lawyer of Roger Stone, Grant Smith, has said that his client is feeling “incredibly honored” for “this act of mercy”. In another developing story, White House spokesman Judd Deere has clarified that Donald Trump’s planned executive order on immigration will not include amnesty for migrants who are in the USA illegally but arrived in the country as children.