Former Trump associate Roger Stone told Fox’s Tucker Carlson on Friday night that he believes it will be a “death sentence” for him if he is forced to serve out his prison term for witness tampering and lying to Congress, Mediaite reported.
Prosecutors said Stone, a former campaign adviser for now-President Donald Trump, had close ties with a Russian hacker who was disseminating misinformation before the 2016 presidential election and that he had associations with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, but Stone has insisted that any contact he had with the two men was minor and had no bearing on the election whatsoever, according to Business Insider.
Stone was convicted late last year and subsequently sentenced to 40 months in prison after the Justice Department intervened to reduce an onerous seven-to-nine-year sentencing recommendation by prosecutors in the case, Business Insider reported.
Carlson, for his part, has repeatedly opined that he doesn’t think Stone should have been charged with anything, according to Mediaite.
“They’ve already destroyed your life”
“So at this point, the judge has ordered me to surrender in two weeks and at 67-years-old with some underlying health problems, including a history of asthma, I believe with the coronavirus it is essentially a death sentence,” Stone told the Fox host Friday, according to The Hill.
“Well, of course it is,” Carlson replied, according to Mediaite. “They’ve already destroyed your life. It’s the most corrupt criminal justice proceeding I’ve ever seen. Bob Dylan should be writing a song about you.” Stone has lost everything, including his home, while fighting the charges against him, The Hill noted.
Trump supporters have called for the president to pardon Stone since he was convicted, and Trump himself has tweeted about how unfair the conviction was.
In February, it was revealed that jury foreperson Tomeka Hart was a Democrat operative who had tweeted derogatory comments about Trump and his supporters before and during the trial. Still, the judge in the case would not give Stone a new trial based on the obvious bias of Hart, Politico reported.
Is a pardon still possible?
Stone’s situation is still on Trump’s radar, and he shared a tweet from Charlie Kirk on Friday about the injustice he feels is being done to Stone, including a line that said, “[Retweet] for a full pardon of Roger Stone.”
This is a disgraceful situation! https://t.co/s2qZSrGw6U
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2020
It’s a judgment call whether a pardon of Stone would make it look like Trump was excusing wrongdoing because Stone has been a supporter or whether it would look like he was acting to keep Stone out of a dangerous situation.
At any rate, governors all over the country have been letting prisoners out of jail early to try to keep coronavirus from spreading in the prisons, The New York Times reports, so the disease is clearly a risk. Is what Stone supposedly did really bad enough to warrant a death sentence?