Wed Feb 12, 2020, 06:45 PM

Trump declines to rule out pardon for Roger Stone

"I don’t want to say yet," Trump said when asked by reporters if a pardon was on the table.

Trump: 'I want to thank the Justice Department' for Stone sentencing recommendation

Feb. 12, 2020, 4:41 PM EST / Updated Feb. 12, 2020, 5:22 PM EST
By Lauren Egan

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he was considering a pardon for his longtime confidant Roger Stone, leaving open the possibility for such action just a day after the Department of Justice announced they would reduce Stone’s recommended sentencing.

"I don’t want to say yet," Trump told reporters when asked during an event in the Oval Office if he was considering pardoning Stone.

"People were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people," Trump continued. "I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this horrible thing."

The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it was reducing the recommended seven to nine years sentence for Stone hours after Trump complained about it on Twitter. The Department’s move prompted all four prosecutors on the case to abruptly resign from the proceedings.


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