Is President Trump moving closer to pardoning his longtime ally Roger Stone? It sure sounds like it. Speaking at an even in Las Vegas, Trump noted that Stone has a "very good chance at exoneration." Still...he’s not tipping his hand quite yet.
"I'm not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States, I want the process play out, I think that's the best thing to do," Trump offered. "Because I'd love to see Roger exonerated...because I personally think he was treated very unfairly." That process includes an appeal.
Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison after being convicted of seven felony counts involving obstruction, lying to Congress and witness tampering. To that end, Trump suggested that Stone was convicted by a "bad" and "tainted" jury. The case, of course, was linked to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump called it "unbelievable" and insisted that Stone played no role in his campaign. A longtime friend of Trump’s, Stone was hired onto the campaign in 2015, but terminated him later that year.
Source: White House