Trump Hints Roger Stone Pardon: 'He Can Sleep Well at Night'
President's sparks speculation with tweet
President Donald Trump's recent tweet has sparked speculation that he could be preparing to pardon long-time ally Roger Stone.
The president shared a tweet from Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, saying:
"Roger Stone will serve more time in prison than 99% of these rioters destroying America."
"All because he supports Donald Trump. This isn’t justice."
Kirk asked followers to retweet the post if they wished to see "a full pardon of Roger Stone."
Trump later retweeted the post, hinting that a Stone pardon may be on the cards.
"Roger was a victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt, one which will go down as the greatest political crime in history," Trump wrote.
"He can sleep well at night!"
Stone had crimes uncovered by the investigation conducted by Robert Mueller last year.
After he was found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation, lying, and witness intimidation as the House Intelligence Committee investigated the now-debunked Russia Collision.
Stone is due to start his prison sentence no later than June 30.
It's not clear if or when Trump will issue his pardon.
No. Roger was a victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt, one which will go down as the greatest political crime in history. He can sleep well at night! https://t.co/HHg24tcZrx— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
Trump, in a separate email, said that Mueller should never have been appointed as a special counsel to investigate his campaign.
"Mueller should have never been appointed, although he did prove that I must be the most honest man in America!" Trump wrote.
Mueller should have never been appointed, although he did prove that I must be the most honest man in America! https://t.co/JjrTV2FKEt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
Earlier this year, Hillary Clinton responded to the Justice Department's decision to withdraw from Trump advisor Roger Stone's case, saying that democracy is “in crisis."
Senior leaders at the department overruled a lengthy prison sentence for the Stone case, igniting backlash from Democrats and the left.
Three of the officials left after Trump slammed the nine-year sentencing for the Republican operative.
“The rule of law & our democracy are in crisis,” Clinton tweeted at the time.