Earlier this week, Roger Stone’s request to delay reporting to prison was denied. But he may soon be getting some help in that regard.
According to Politico, President Donald Trump retweeted on Saturday a call for signatures to a petition seeking a pardon for Stone, prompting rumors that the commander-in-chief may be giving the idea some serious thought.
The case against Stone
Stone, for his part, was one of many Trump associates taken down during Robert Mueller’s infamous investigation into alleged Trump–Russia collusion. Of course, we now know the probe should probably never have begun; there was never any evidence found against Trump.
Even so, among those who were convicted on unrelated charges was Roger Stone.
On Jan. 25, 2019, Stone was arrested on allegations of witness tampering and lying to federal authorities. He was convicted on all counts in November 2019, according to ABC News.
After several weeks of jousting with the government, Stone was finally sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and a $20,000 fine on Feb. 20 of this year, as The Washington Post reported.
Stone lost a motion for the recusal of his judge on Feb. 23, according to The Hill, and lost another motion on April 16 to delay reporting to prison, the Post reported. He did, however, get a stay of sorts in light of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Federal Bureau of Prisons reportedly announcing that Stone would not be required to surrender at that point due to COVID-19 concerns.
Stone has since tried to have his report date delayed to September, but he lost that request as well, and must now surrender himself to authorities on July 14, according to the Post.
A petition for pardon
President Trump already fed the machine by hinting that Stone would never spend so much as a day behind bars. Earlier this month, Politico reported that Trump had tweeted:
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!
There is now a petition floating around on social media that calls for Stone to be pardoned, and Trump shared a tweet Saturday discussing that petition, which, according to Politico, read in part: “IT’S TIME TO #PardonRogerStone.”
As of Sunday, however, Trump had yet to comment on the record or offer any official sign that a pardon is coming Stone’s way.
Only time will tell how this ultimately plays out.