President Trump said Friday he was “looking at” a pardon for former Republican agent Roger Stone, who is scheduled to appear in prison for more than three years on Monday, saying he was treated “unfairly.”
The president, who was leaving the White House, was asked if he would forgive Stone.
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“I will look at it,” Trump said. “I think Roger Stone received very unfair treatment, as for many people.”
He added: “And in the meantime, [former FBI director James] Comey and all these guys are walking, including Biden and Obama, because we caught them spying on my campaign. Who would have believed that?
The president has signaled that he may be willing to leniency to Stone, saying in a tweet last month that Stone was “the victim of a corrupt and illegal witch hunt, which will be considered the greatest political crime in history. He can sleep well. at night!
Stone will report to prison on July 14. He was sentenced in February to more than three years in prison after being convicted in November 2019 of seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering, and false statements to Congress on charges stemming from former special investigation by attorney Robert Mueller. Stone, however, appealed his conviction and continues to deny any wrongdoing.
During an exclusive interview with Fox News this week, Stone said he was “praying” for Trump to intervene.
When asked if he would prefer a pardon or a commutation of his sentence, Stone said that “either one would obviously have an effect, in my opinion, of saving my life.”
A presidential pardon completely absolves a person of the crime he or she has committed. A commutation decreases the punishment or eliminates jail time, but leaves the conviction standing.
“I have deep concerns about going to a prison where the COVID virus absolutely exists and therefore either one would have the effect of saving my life,” Stone said.
He added: “If I were lucky enough to get a commutation, I would continue to fight for the claim.
“I think I will be the last person to know,” Stone told Fox News. “He hates leaks and hates being told what to do. I have instructed my attorneys not to contact the White House attorneys. “
Stone added: “The President, whom I have known for 40 years, has an incredible sense of justice. He is aware that the people who are trying to destroy Michael Flynn, now that they are trying to destroy me, are the people who are trying to destroy him. ”
Stone told Fox News that he has not yet received any formal communication from the White House about a possible presidential pardon or commutation of his sentence, which will begin Monday and will last 40 months.
“I certainly think it could happen,” Stone said. “I am not going to question the president.”
Stone was not charged with any underlying crime of coordination with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, although Mueller’s team investigated Stone over tweets that they claimed to have information about WikiLeaks document dumps prior to his release.
Meanwhile, sources told Fox News that Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham, who is investigating possible misconduct at the origins of the Russia investigation, could wait to publish his findings or initiate prosecutions until after the election. As she faces pressure to complete her scoping research in late summer.
Two sources familiar with the Durham investigation told Fox News this week that it is working quickly to try to finish the investigation in late summer, but that several lines of investigation are not yet complete.
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“He believes it is critical to do them,” said a source. “He feels more pressured to do this and conclude.”
The source also told Fox News that Durham “does not want this to be seen as political,” and the closer he gets to November, Durham could “criticize him after the election.”
A Durham spokesman declined to comment on the status of the investigation.
In any case, Attorney General Bill Barr has said he does not expect Durham’s findings to lead to a “criminal investigation” of former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden, despite Trump’s claims, while pointing out their concern about “potential criminality”. “In conducting that investigation he is” focused on others.
Barr, earlier this year, said that “not all abuses of power, no matter how scandalous, are necessarily a federal crime.”
“As for President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement is based on what I know, I do not expect Durham’s work to lead to a criminal investigation of either one,” Barr said. “Our concern for potential crime is focused on others.”