Three years, four months. That was the sentence imposed on Roger Stone Thursday by a federal judge. Whether the longtime Trump ally will spend even a minute in prison, however, remains up in the air. Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down the sentence in the politically charged case, though the 67-year-old Stone will not begin serving any time until the judge considers his request for a new trial. Coverage:
- Pardon? Before the ruling, President Trump tweeted a clip from Tucker Carson's show on Fox News, suggesting that a presidential pardon is under consideration, reports the Washington Post. “President Trump could end this travesty in an instant with a pardon, and there are indications tonight that he will do that,” said Carlson in the clip tweeted by the president, without elaboration.
- More on that: Later Thursday, while speaking before former prisoners graduating from a second-chance program, Trump did not rule out pardoning Stone or commuting his sentence eventually, but he said, "I'm not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States, I want the process play out, I think that's the best thing to do. Because I'd love to see Roger exonerated and I'd love to see it happen because I personally think he was treated very unfairly. ... At some point I'll make a determination, but Roger Stone and everybody has to be treated fairly. And this has not been a fair process." He said he thinks Stone, whom he called a "character," "has a very good chance of exoneration," per CNN. He also accused the forewoman of the Stone jury of being an "anti-Trump activist."