On Friday night, President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and campaign adviser Roger Stone, who was set to begin a 40-month prison sentence on Tuesday. In November, a jury convicted Stone of seven criminal counts, including obstruction of a congressional investigation, making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness in connection to the probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election. On Saturday, President Trump claimed Stone was a victim of a witch hunt.
President Donald Trump: “Roger Stone was treated horribly. Roger Stone was treated very unfairly. Roger Stone was brought into this witch hunt, this whole political witch hunt, and the Mueller scam. It’s a scam, because it’s been proven false.”
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut criticized Trump’s commutation. He tweeted, “Stone had info that would have put Trump in jail. He told Trump he’d obstruct justice if he got clemency. Trump agreed.”