The man found guilty on all counts, of perjury, witness tampering, and other acts covering up for the President is set free on a Friday night news dump:
President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to help a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.
In a lengthy statement released late on a Friday evening, the White House denounced the prosecution against Mr. Stone on what it called “process based charges” stemming from “the Russia Hoax” investigation. “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly,” the statement said. “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”
Punctuated by the same sort of inflammatory language and angry grievances characteristic of the president’s Twitter feed, the official statement assailed “overzealous prosecutors” working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and the “witch hunts” aimed at the president and his associates. It attacked the “activist juror” who led the panel that convicted Mr. Stone and went on to complain about the show of force used by federal law enforcement agents when he was arrested.
“These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice,” the statement said. “This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone.”
The statement did not argue that Mr. Stone was innocent, only that he should not have been pursued. “The simple fact is that if the special counsel had not been pursuing an absolutely baseless investigation, Mr. Stone would not be facing time in prison,” it said.
Mr. Stone, 67, a longtime Republican operative, was convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation into Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and has been openly lobbying for clemency, maintaining that he could die in prison and emphasizing that he had stayed loyal to the president rather than help investigators.
Trump just commuted Roger Stone’s sentence.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 11, 2020
Stone lied and intimidated witnesses to hide Trump’s exploitation of the Russian hack of his opponent’s campaign.
With Trump there are now two systems of justice in America:
One for Trump's criminal friends and one for everyone else.
Trump commuting Stone in exchange for Stone not rolling on Trump is of course a quid pro quo. Is it politically incorrect in these circumstances to remind people, maybe in a whisper, that the Constitution defines “Bribery” as a “high Crime,” automatically an impeachable offense?— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 11, 2020
Tucker Carlson pushed for clemency. So did Hannity. So did Matt Gaetz. Within the WH, very few did, tho two people familiar with the discussions said Larry Kudlow, a longtime friend of Stone, was among those who did. https://t.co/DYNrgafQze— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 11, 2020
That Stone was a target of the Mueller investigation and why became clear in 2018.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Jerome Corsi played chicken with Mueller over the Stone/WikiLeaks situation, somehow avoiding a criminal charge.
They offered him a plea deal, Corsi refused to sign it https://t.co/AfH3HtCbqp
The indictment: Stone wanted from WikiLeaks Dem emails stolen by Russia in 2016. Coordinated w Trump campaign looking to capitalize on leaks.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Stone lied to Congress about it, avoided giving up records and threatened an associate to keep the story straight https://t.co/0Es9H0s95J
BTW, the special counsel’s office did have evidence of Stone communicating with WikiLeaks. Inconclusive how much he knew before leak publications in 2016, however.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Mueller never charged any Americans w hacking or conspiracy w Russia https://t.co/OtzFSmY2e6
Back in the 2019 court proceedings, Stone posted a pic on Instagram of a federal judge with crosshairs behind her head.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
This led to a gag order from the court
And yes, he took the stand to try to defend himselfhttps://t.co/g3k561ArdO
At the trial, Rick Gates, Steve Bannon and others testified.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Gates remembered, under oath, the car ride to Laguardia in 2016 where Stone and Trump talked on the phone, apparently about the leaks of Dem emails.https://t.co/batcQfRNU1
Jury decided: Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty on lying. Guilty on obstruction. Guilty on witness tampering.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Meanwhile, Trump was tweeting about a double standard https://t.co/9unn5A5Jql
Trump wasn’t alone–it was part of a campaign of intimidation and harassment of jurors, from Fox News to the President, Judge Jackson said.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
She brought back jurors to attest to their impartiality under oath, reality TV-surprise-style.https://t.co/OaItUs8XRW
Facebook kicked Stone off Instagram and pulled 100+ associated social media accounts this weekhttps://t.co/AiqWhqCNYE— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Back to court: The wind up to Stone's sentencing was wild.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
All 4 prosecutors on the case quit when AG Barr overrode/ softened their recommendation for Stone, which was in line with DOJ policy toward defendants https://t.co/81IjLoHDY8
The prosecutor who stepped in for them at the sentencing had to walk back much of Barr’s legal reasoning. “This prosecution is righteous,” he told the judge. https://t.co/M1c6xAgOJt— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Stone’s lead prosecutor from the Mueller team, Aaron Zelinsky, testified to Congress that political influence to cut Stone a break came from the top of the DOJ.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
Zelinsky had also taken Stone to trial then resigned over the sentencing walkback https://t.co/Avh3ST9pAh
I'll end with this, the words of the federal judge who handled more on the Mueller cases than any other court.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) July 10, 2020
"He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the President. He was prosecuted for covering up for the President"https://t.co/xBagMlGGgT