Trump world now awaits a Roger Stone pardon

“It’s not a question of if,” said a former senior administration official. “It’s when.”

2/20/2020 11:39:00 PM

Trump addressed Roger Stone's prison sentencing today, suggesting the jury was 'tainted.' 'I'm not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president... I want the process to play out,' he said. 'I'd love to see Roger exonerated'

“It’s not a question of if,” said a former senior administration official. “It’s when.”

Roger Stone has come a long way.He was once the subject of an acrimonious departure from the Trump campaign, despised by one of Donald Trump’s closest aides. When he was later convicted of lying to the Congress, obstructing investigators and intimidating a witness, the same person cheered from the sidelines.

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AdvertisementBut now, after Stone received his three-plus year sentence on Thursday, the longtime Trump political whisperer has become a MAGA-world symbol of deep state overreach and judicial corruption. The president is championing his cause on Twitter, risking a rift with his attorney general. Stone’s erstwhile critics are now decrying his unfair treatment.

And it’s all become the worst kept secret in Washington: Trump won’t let Roger Stone go to prison.“It’s not a question of if,” said a former senior administration official who remains in contact with Trump and his senior advisers. “It’s when.”After the sentencing on Thursday, Trump walked right up to the line as he laid out his thinking on a potential pardon for Stone. He argued with little evidence that Stone's jury was "tainted" with anti-Trump bias and lavishly praised Stone's family.

"I want to see it play out to its fullest, because Roger has a very good chance of exoneration," he said, a likely reference to Stone's recent petition for a new trial and a possible appeal."But we will watch the process and watch it very closely," he added during a graduation address for incarcerated individuals. "And at some point I will make a determination. But Roger stone and everybody has to be treated fairly."

Trump aides in the White House and circling around his 2020 reelection campaign say the president is just being cautious and heeding advice to at least wait to move on Stone until after the court process plays out a little bit more. And among people close to Stone, there’s high confidence that the president will remember the 35-plus year relationship the two men share and ultimately spare him from going to prison.

“You can count on the usual suspects who competed with Roger Stone to have strong opinions,” said Michael Caputo, a former Trump 2016 campaign aide who is spearheading the effort to secure a Stone pardon.“In the end the only opinion that matters is the president of the United States,” he added. “We feel President Donald Trump understands exactly what has happened here and will show mercy to his old aide Roger Stone.”

Stone faced a maximum 50-year prison sentence stemming from hisNovember convictionon seven felony counts, including lying to Congress and stymying House and FBI investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But ultimately, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down a 40-month sentence.

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Still, a fierce debate over the length of Stone’s sentence has become the flashpoint in a brewing war over judicial independence and how much Attorney General Bill Barr and the president should meddle in the prosecution of high-profile political cases.

Barr unsettled the legal world last week when he suddenly intervened to overrule career prosecutors who had recommended that Stone should be sent to prison for seven to nine years, in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines. The move came after Trump had already complained about the sentence recommendation, raising concerns the attorney general was doing Trump’s bidding. Despite Barr’s insistence that he made the decision independently, the four prosecutors assigned to Stone’s case resigned in protest.

Barr then went on television to implore the president to stop his public commentary about ongoing cases, saying it was making his job “impossible.” But the president has only barreled forward, defending his right to comment on any legal case and continuing to stump for Stone to get an entirely new trial.

Amid this backdrop, Stone received his sentence on Thursday — but he wasn't immediately sent into custody. Judge Jackson earlier this week promised that Stone won’t be sent to prison right away after he learns his punishment. Instead, Stone’s start date in a federal penitentiary will be deferred until Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama, resolves a separate request that Stone has made for a new trial.

The move has bought Trump a little more time before he needs to make any clemency moves. And the delay has heartened Stone allies who fret that top White House aides including Jared Kushner and Pat Cipollone, Barr, or even outside heavy hitters like Donald Trump Jr. and Corey Lewandowski would get into Trump’s ear and urge him to stay away from a move to wipe Stone’s record clean.

They are also banking on the decades-long history between the president and his longtime GOP confidant. Stone and Trump have a history unlike anyone else around the president. They’ve known each other since Ronald Reagan’s 1980 White House campaign and maintained a rapport that includes Stone counseling Trump during four potential presidential runs and Trump hiring Stone as a lobbyist to represent his gambling, airline and hotel businesses.

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This coming from the biggest crook of all calling our justice system 'tainted'. Trump has a lot of nerve with that comment when he has surrounded himself with people of ill-repute. And no Trump you're not above the law; a day has been set aside for you. Trump talks like a mob bos. He never gives a direct order, he just says things like, “I would love to see something done”. His toadies then carry out his dirty work while he says, I had no idea.

A pardon given with corrupt intent is NOT a valid pardon. My question is can it be rescinded after the Criminal-In-Chief is voted out of office? He was convicted Liars protecting liars! Let him file an appeal DJT is s fascist dictator. Alright created this monster. VindictiveDictatorTrump 'Great powers.'

As the sentence comes in on Roger Stone and the Alt Right looks to conspiring on a story of his innocence reflect on Roger’s own admissions in 2016 Trump presidency is tainted NO YOU NEED TO REALIZE JUSTICE DON'T FALL IN YOUR LAP! Just stop putting down anything that doessn't go your way. YOu are all crooks. There were other people on that jury and both teams got to weigh in.

Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness. He did it to cover up for Trump. His sentence is justified. It should go without saying to pardon Stone, when his crimes were committed to protect Trump, would be a breathtaking act of corruption -AS he really said that, unreal

My God. This man is truly out of control. Oh sure. That’ll last about a minute. “Exonerated” after being convicted by a jury and sentenced by a judge? The only thing tainted is trump’s presidency, cabinet, & anyone associated w/ him. Trump, his friends, his family members are all criminals. LockThemAllUp

Guess Stone’s request for a fair second trial just vanished with that comment Yeah so was the gop senate, wonder if jury got threats to put heads on pike. He is a very bad joke Sickening What he actually means if Roger Stone sings.... Well in trumps world guilty means innocent eh? He was the opposite of exonerated. What's new in Trump opposite land

He won't get exonerated. It is over. If he pardon's him witch he can't because then Roger Stone will be subpoenaed to court to tell the real truth and then starts another impeachment offence with a 1st hand witness. If he lies again then he goes to jail for double the time. He will pardon him. Roger knows too much. Wouldn’t want to piss him off.

Roger Stone has as much chance of being ‘exonerated’ as Trump has of being un-impeached. It was, as you know. The foreperson was a known partisan. “...everyone deserves to be treated fairly...” That’s rich coming from a mobster who openly demands a revenge on someone who stood up to him. 🙄🙄🙄 No judicial proceeding is safe now. Trump is undermining the ruling of a Federal judge. Where the fuck is Barr?

I hope in the very near future, I never have to hear the name Trump again. YOU HAVE ALREADY INTERFERED!! The jury was tainted? Oh? Do tell. ImpeachTrumpAgain He cannot pardon him yet says the court! Of course Trump says it was HIS choice not to pursue the pardon now! This is astonishing, the corrupt loving the corrupt.

Great Powers! What is this Harry Potter? Time to start reporting on Trump’s mental health instead of slamming Elizabeth Warren! youarecomplicit doyourjob 'I'd love to see Roger exonerated' ...of course you would. He lied for YOU. The Mob will sort it God, he makes me sick! Tainted because they couldn’t be reached?

You are not a king, Mr Trump. You are a Civil Servant, serving at the pleasure of the people. Your performance review is coming in November. I’d freshen up my resume. Just because DJT is corrupt doesn’t mean everyone else is. I’d disown his a$$ if he were my kid, but then again, I wouldn’t raise an a$$hole🤷🏻‍♀️

How can anyone watch this uneducated liar sitting on a false throne of lies? I get a visceral reflex when I see/hear orange reulting in chronic nausea. Maybe you voted for this with the hope of change, but it’s beyond my comprehension how anyone continue to defend this atrocity. CGPriceisRight U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down Stone’s 40-month sentence: “He was not prosecuted for standing up for the president,” Jackson said in her closing remarks. “He was prosecuted for covering up for the president”

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US court refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger StoneRepublican political operative Roger Stone was convicted in November of a seven-count indictment that accused him of lying to Congress.

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger StoneThe Federal Judges Assn.'s leader says the group 'could not wait' to discuss the actions of Trump and William Barr in Roger Stone's sentencing. sounds like a Star Chamber what will happen when stone gets 7 o 9 years and putin pardons him? Thanks to Barr, our justice system is eroding. We are turning into a Eastern Block nation, democracy is slipping away

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Roger Stone, Longtime Trump Political Adviser, Is Set to Be SentencedRoger Stone, a longtime political adviser to President Trump, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on charges of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering in connection with the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. 'I pardoned him because he's good people and I can do it, okay.' Big deal. Then he will be pardoned. HellAwaitzU‼️😁😃😛😆😎🤡😎💜💙♥️💚🌏🌴🍀🌲🌵🌳❇️

Trump ally Roger Stone to be sentenced as case roils DOJRoger Stone, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, faces sentencing Thursday on his convictions for witness tampering and lying to Congress. The action in federal court comes amid Trump&39;s unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant that has led to a mini-revolt inside the Justice Department But all these criminals, they're crimin' for an innocent man, right? Micromanager knew nothing? He barely knows them. They're all coffee boys I hope the judge knocks that stupid grin off Stone's face