Trump went on to share that tweet Thursday morning, writing in his own accompanying message: “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!”
The president’s social media post represents his latest intervention in Stone’s case and comes after Trump and Attorney General William Barr were widely rebuked by congressional Democrats and career Justice Department officials for intervening in the legal matter earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors urged in February that Stone be sent to prison for roughly seven to nine years for impeding congressional and FBI investigations into connections between the Russian government and Trump’s 2016 campaign.
But after Trump blasted the prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation in a tweet as a “horrible and very unfair situation,” the Justice Department submitted a revised filing that offered no specific term for Stone’s sentence and stated that the prosecutors’ initial proposal “could be considered excessive and unwarranted.”
The four attorneys who shepherded Stone’s prosecution proceeded either to resign or notify the court that they were stepping off the case. Last month, about 2,000 former Justice Department officials signed a letter urging Barr to resign over his actions in cases of Stone and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser who was also ensnared by Mueller’s probe.
Other convicted associates of the president who were targets of the far-reaching investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, have been released from prison to home confinement due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Stone has been told by the Bureau of Prisons to report to begin serving his sentence by June 30, and his appeal remains pending. He has not yet made any attempt to have his sentence postponed until after his appeal is resolved.