“Nicely, I’ll be taking a look at it,” Trump mentioned. “I believe Roger Stone was very unfairly untreated, as have been many individuals.”
Trump’s newest remarks adopted feedback in a pair of interviews Thursday that recommended he’s leaning within the route of a pardon.
In a radio interview, host Howie Carr informed Trump that Stone had just lately mentioned he’s “praying” for a pardon.
“When you say he’s praying, his prayer could also be answered,” Trump mentioned. “Let’s see what occurs.” Trump added that he considers Stone a “good individual” and mentioned that he was “handled so badly” by prosecutors.
In one other interview Thursday on Fox Information, Trump informed host Sean Hannity that he’s “all the time considering” when requested if he was eager about a pardon or commutation.
“You’ll be watching like everybody else on this case,” Trump added.
Stone, 67, was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in jail for making false statements about his makes an attempt to get particulars from Hillary Clinton’s personal emails from the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, then intimidating a pal who might contradict his story.
He has been ordered to report back to jail by Tuesday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. District Choose Amy Berman Jackson had given Stone a two-week delay to quarantine before traveling from South Florida to the prison in Jessup, Ga. But she denied the two-month reprieve that Stone had requested with prosecutors’ assent.
With the date for Stone to report looming, speculation has ratcheted up about a Trump pardon and the potential political impact for him of doing so ahead of the November election.
Asked about Trump’s intentions earlier Friday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she would not get ahead of her boss.
“I’ll let the president make any announcements that he has on any type of pardon or commutation of sentence for anyone,” she said.
As for the politics of a pardon, Conway said, “I don’t know that most voters are paying attention to that particular issue.”