Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence

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President trump is commuted the sentence of longtime political confidante Roger stone just days before he was set to report to prison Roger stone told the Associated Press president trump called him to inform him of the commutation celebrating with friends in fort Lauderdale stone said he had to change rooms because there were too many people opening bottles of champagne in here stone had been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress witness tampering and obstructing the house investigation into whether the trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the twenty sixteen election he was scheduled to report to prison by Tuesday stone had appealed for the president's help in a series of Instagram post where he maintained that his life could be in jeopardy if you were imprisoned during a pandemic White House statement said stone was a victim of the Russia hoax charge by overzealous prosecutors Democrats denounced the move as another intervention by the president in the nation's justice system Jennifer king Washington

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