President Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone, a veteran Republican operative who was convicted of lying to Congress about his efforts to contact WikiLeaks during Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The pardon, which Trump issued days before Stone was to report to federal prison, brings an end to Stone’s legal fight — but only further inflames the political battle over his prosecution and the broader Russia investigation.
Earlier Friday evening, a federal appeals court denied an emergency bid from Stone to stay out of prison.
****It’s been pointed out that there is a major contradiction in NPR’s article. Trump commuted Stone’s sentence; he did not pardon him.