Trump says Roger Stone 'has a very good chance of exoneration' after he was sentenced to 40 months in prison

ReutersPresident Donald Trump.
  • Amid speculation that the president would pardon his longtime ally Roger Stone after he was sentenced to 40 months in prison, Trump weighed in during a Las Vegas speech.
  • “Roger has a very good chance of exoneration in my opinion,” Trump said.
  • Part of the reason Stone faced prison time in the first place was his willingness to stay mum about his dealings with Russians and WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.
  • This is the closest Trump has come to signalling he will pardon his former adviser.
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President Donald Trump gave a boost to Roger Stone’s hopes for a pardon on Thursday in remarks delivered in Las Vegas.

Stone – who was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison on Thursday for obstruction of justice, false statements, and witness tampering – is a longtime ally and former adviser of the president during his early political forays.

While delivering a commencement address at a graduation ceremony for former prisoners in Las Vegas, Trump went on a tangent to weigh in on the Stone case.

“I want to see it play out to its fullest because Roger has a very good chance of exoneration in my opinion,” the president said. “I’ve known – and you people probably understand it better than anybody in the room – I’ve known Roger Stone and his wife… for a long time, and Roger is definitely a character.

“Everybody sort of knows Roger; everybody knows him,” Trump added. “And most people like him. Some people probably don’t. But I do, and I always have. He’s a smart guy. He’s a little different, but those are sometimes the most interesting. But he’s a good person.”

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