Roger Stone said on Friday that he “prays for a pardon” from Donald Trump to save him from prison.
The former political adviser co-producer of Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone” Frank Morano told the president’s public comments were “encouraging.”
Stone was sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment after a jury sentenced him on November 15 for seven counts of obstruction of justice, tampering with witnesses, and lying to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
He saw his bid for a retrial dismissed by a judge last week after the veteran Republican employee accused the jury president of political bias.
Stone, who is due to be incarcerated on April 30, said to Morano, “I pray for grace. Nobody tells Donald Trump what to do and nobody tells him what not to do.
“He will make his own judgment in his own time. His public comments are certainly encouraging. ‘
Roger Stone said on Friday that he “prays for a pardon” from Donald Trump to save him from prison
The president has dropped his biggest hint to date that he is considering pardoning Stone after his bid for a retrial was rejected on April 16.
“This is a disgraceful situation!” Trump wrote in a tweet in late April 18, in which he retweeted a post by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, which read in part, “RT for FULL PARDON.”
Kirk, founder of the conservative campus Turning Point USA, tweeted on Thursday that he dismissed the judge’s decision to dismiss Stone’s request to retrial.
After Stone’s conviction, the President tweeted, “Everything to do with this fraudulent investigation has been seriously compromised and in my opinion should be thrown out.”
Stone says a prison sentence for him could be a “death sentence” amid the coronavirus pandemic. He said, “I am 67 years old. As a child I had a lot of asthma. If you look at the profile of those most at risk, I think I fit that. ‘
The president has dropped his biggest hint so far that he is considering forgiving Stone after his bid for a retrial was rejected on April 16. “This is a disgraceful situation!” Trump wrote in a tweet late, because he retweeted a post from conservative activist Charlie Kirk
U.S. court judge Amy Berman Jackson said that Stone’s request for a new lawsuit is “a tower of indignation, but ultimately there is little substance to hold it back,”
The allegations against Stone stemmed from the investigation by former special counsel Robert Mueller documenting Moscow’s involvement in increasing Trump’s candidacy.
Stone was convicted of lying to a committee of the United States House of Representatives over his attempts to contact WikiLeaks, the website that published malicious emails about Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 Democratic election rival, which included U.S. intelligence officials. have concluded that they were stolen by Russian hackers.
With his motion for a retrial dismissed, Stone is expected to ask an appeals court to throw down his conviction.
Stone was the sixth Trump aide or advisor to be convicted of charges as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections
At a hearing in February, Stone’s attorneys presented social media posts from the jury leader who they said showed her lack of impartiality depriving their client of a fair trial.
One of the disputed reports from the jury was a Twitter message on the day of Stone’s arrest, which was linked to an article about Mueller’s investigation, along with the words ‘Brought to you by the peanut gallery locked to her’, referring to ‘lock her up’ chants by Trump supporters in 2016 about Clinton.
Most of the judges’ reports were not about Stone, but referred to Trump or Mueller’s research, two common topics of political debate among Americans at the time of writing. The jury chairman posted Twitter messages during the trial, but they were all unrelated.
Trump, who has not ruled out a pardon for Stone, posted a Twitter attack on the front woman at the February hearing.
Jackson said in her decision that the jury’s opinion of Trump did not translate into a prejudice against Stone.
“The assumption underlying the motion – that you can deduce from the jury’s opinion of the President that she could not fairly weigh the evidence against the defendant – is not supported by facts or data,” she wrote.
Stone was the sixth Trump aide or advisor to be convicted of charges as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
“His public comments are certainly encouraging,” Stone said of Trump. The pair were pictured together in 1999
It is speculated that Trump will pardon Stone.
Last month, the president said he is considering a full pardon for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over dealing with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office.
Flynn attempted to withdraw the plea in January, saying federal prosecutors had acted “in bad faith” and broke their deal when they sought prison terms for him.
“I am strongly considering a grace!” Trump tweeted. The president also cited an unspecified report that the Justice Department had lost data on Flynn’s case.
In response, Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, tweeted, “Thank you, Mr. President,” saying “the prosecution” of his client was “a blatant injustice.”