The executive clemency of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, with his old friend and adviser Roger Stone, not only commuted the veteran Republican agent’s prison sentence, but also saved him a considerable fine and two years of supervised release.
Details of the leniency agreement were released by the United States Department of Justice and Stone’s attorney on Monday after the judge presiding over the case asked the Trump administration to explain whether the commutation announced Friday meant that it would not be supervised, as many convicted criminals are released.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had set a deadline for receiving a copy of Trump’s leniency order along with an explanation on whether it also commuted the period when Stone was to be supervised after leaving. from prison.
Asked about Robert Mueller’s opinion piece,
Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, on Fox News. “She had to invent procedural crimes, which is exactly what was done in the Roger Stone case.”
Mueller said Stone “remains a convicted felon, and with good reason”: https: //t.co/lrKcehZbY6 pic.twitter.com/1degr1jI2g
– Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 13, 2020
In the order, Trump wrote that justice would not be served if Stone “remained confined to his home or served that sentence, and the safety of the community would not be compromised if released from home confinement and granted clemency.” .
“I commute the entire prison sentence imposed on said Roger Stone, Jr. to expire immediately,” said Trump’s order.
“I also commute the entire two-year term of supervised release with all its conditions, and finally, I remit any unpaid balance of the $ 20,000 fine imposed.”
The president told reporters on Monday that he was receiving “favorable criticism” for his action at Stone and reiterated his position that the Russian investigation “should never have taken place.”
The executive leniency grant Trump signed for Roger Stone commutes his full prison sentence, as well as two years of supervised release and a $ 20,000 fine. https://t.co/2mZF5zA6Wj
– Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) July 13, 2020
Stone, 67, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after being convicted by a jury in Washington last year of swearing by lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election. Stone was found guilty of the seven charges against him. The commutation did not erase Stone’s conviction as a pardon would have.
Stone was due to report to federal prison in Georgia on Tuesday.
Stone’s attorney Grant Smith, who tweeted a copy of Trump’s order, said he speaks for himself in responding to the judge’s investigation.