DOJ de­tails Stone’s clemency

Prison term, pro­ba­tion, $20,000 fine all erased

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Kris­tine Phillips Con­tribut­ing: John Fritze and Kevin John­son

WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der grant­ing clemency for his long­time ally Roger Stone wiped away not only Stone’s prison sen­tence, but also the two years he was sup­posed to spend on pro­ba­tion and the $20,000 fine he was or­dered to pay.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment on Mon­day re­leased the pres­i­dent’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der af­ter U.S. District Judge Amy Ber­man Jack­son sought more in­for­ma­tion about the scope of the clemency.

Jack­son sen­tenced Stone to a lit­tle over three years in prison and two years of su­per­vised re­lease. Jack­son said her in­quiry was in re­sponse ques­tions from the U.S. Pro­ba­tion Office.

Trump com­muted Stone’s sen­tence Fri­day, just days be­fore Stone, a long­time GOP con­sul­tant, was set to re­port to prison. Democrats con­demned the move, the lat­est in a se­ries of in­stances in which Trump has wielded his broad clemency pow­ers in highly po­lit­i­cal crim­i­nal cases.

The pres­i­dent has granted par­dons and com­mu­ta­tions to sev­eral con­ser­va­tive al­lies and con­tro­ver­sial fig­ures, in­clud­ing Joe Ar­paio, a for­mer sher­iff in Ari­zona, and com­men­ta­tor Di­nesh D’Souza. His de­ci­sion to com­mute Stone’s sen­tence rep­re­sents the first time Trump has cir­cum­vented the jus­tice sys­tem in a case di­rectly tied to him­self.

Stone was con­victed in Novem­ber of ly­ing to Congress and ob­struct­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Rus­sian elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence in or­der to pro­tect Trump. The 67-year-old was one of sev­eral Trump as­so­ci­ates to be con­victed in cases stem­ming from spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion.


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