Washington, D.C. – Roger Stone, a firm ally of President Donald Trump, was sentenced Thursday to three years and four months in prison after the Justice Department withdrew its initial recommendation of at least seven years.
The jury found Stone guilty in November of lying to Congress, manipulating a witness and obstructing the lower house investigation into the alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, Trump has not stopped defending his close friend, which has caused a revolution in the Department of Defense and allegations that the president interferes in the process.RELATED
Trump said in a tweet that the initial recommendation of federal prosecutors for a penalty of at least seven years in prison for Stone was a “perversion of justice.” Next, the secretary of Justice, William Barr, backed down that provision, and four prosecutors dropped out of the case.
Before Stone’s arrival in court, a small crowd awaited him. Two people held a large banner with a portrait of Stone and the legend “#PardonRogerStone” (#IndultoaRogerStone). Next to it was a figure of a rat with Trump’s typical red hair and tie. Stone made no statements.
He is Trump’s sixth collaborator or adviser convicted on charges arising from the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Muller.
Trump said the case is part of the “witch hunt” fought against him by “bitter” Democrats.