The clemency given to Roger Stone sparked concern among White House officials who were against Trump’s decision to spare his longtime adviser from having to report to prison.
AG Barr discussed Roger Stone's sentence with Pres. Trump and recommended clemency not be offered, multiple sources say, and other White House officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, also advised the president against the commutation. https://t.co/41czqmArfl— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 12, 2020
POTUS was warned with the implications he is going to face with this decision. According to a source, multiple White House officials including Attorney General William Barr and chief of staff Mark Meadows discussed Stone's sentence with Trump and recommended clemency not be offered for this could be seen as abusing his presidential power and could affect his re-election chances. Trump was convinced that Stone was entangled in "an illegal Witch Hunt” and that he believes that his base would not disapprove of his take on this case.
Trumps said to reporters, “I am very happy with what I did.”
Stone was the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. He was found guilty in November of witness tampering and making false statements and was sentenced in February to three years, four months in federal prison for obstructing a congressional investigation of Russia's 2016 presidential election meddling. The Bureau of Prisons gave him an extension on reporting to prison after the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation and had been in home confinement in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.