After President Trump committed his 40-month prison sentence Friday for lying to Congress, Roger Stone celebrated with supporters at his home in Fort Lauderdale.
Stone was prepared for the occasion, donning a black and white “Free Roger Stone!” face mask and a “Roger Stone Still Did Nothing Wrong!” T-shirt.
“As some of you may know, the president’s decision came literally in the nick of time,” he told the group at his home.
The president’s Friday afternoon call was brief and cordial, Stone said.
“He said that he had thought about it,” according to Stone. “He had followed my case throughout and he thought that I had been treated unfairly.”
Trump yesterday on his clemency for Roger Stone: "What I did — what I did — I will tell you this: People are extremely happy. Because, in this country, they want justice."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 12, 2020
Stone was convicted of witness tampering and of obstructing the Special Counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He had been scheduled to report to prison this Tuesday.
However, Stone says he was worried about contracting COVID-19 in prison, and adds he is taking precautions.
“I have to live long enough to get to the appeal, and at 67 years old, with a history of respiratory problems and other underlying health issues, the danger was very real,” he adds.
After prosecutors recommended a seven- to nine-year prison sentence, Attorney General William Barr reversed the decision, claiming the punishment was excessive.
Despite the commutation, Stone remains a convicted felon, and says he will continue to work to clear his name.