In a statement released Friday evening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced US President Donald Trump had commuted the prison sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone. Stone was sentenced to three years four months in prison after being found guilty of seven felony charges. The charges included obstruction, making false statements to Congress, and witness tampering.
McEnany denied wrongdoing by Stone and described him as a casualty of the “collusion delusion.” She stated:
Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.
Notably, the decision comes after a federal judge denied Roger Stone’s last-minute motion to delay his July 14 surrender to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia, due to COVID-19.
Stone had actively solicited a commutation, claiming he could die in prison. In a now-deleted Instagram post, he proclaimed, “I want the President to know that I have exhausted all my legal remedies and that only an act of clemency will provide justice in my case and save my life!”
In response, Adam Schiff (D-CA) Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee released a statement saying, “With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else.”