Roger Stone, a friend and adviser of President Donald Trump, was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in prison.
The jury found Stone guilty in November of manipulating a witness and lying to Congress. The jury found Roger Stone guilty of obstructing the investigation of the lower house on the alleged coordination between the Russia and Trump campaign in the election 2016.
Meanwhile, Trump has not ceased to defend his close friend, which has caused a mini-revolution in the Department of Justice and allegations that the president interferes in the process.
Trump said in a tweet that the initial recommendation of federal prosecutors for a penalty of at least seven years in prison for Stone was a “perversion of justice.”
Next, the secretary of Justice, William Barr, reversed that recommendation, and four prosecutors refused the case.
Before Stone’s arrival in court, a small crowd awaited him. Two people held a large banner with a portrait of Stone and the legend “#PardonRogerStone” (#IndultoaRogerStone).
Next to it was a figure of a rat with Trump’s typical red hair and tie. Stone made no statements.
He is sixth collaborator or adviser of President trump. He sentenced on charges arising from the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Muller. Trump says the case is part of the “witch hunt” fought against him by the “deep state” in the FBI; bitter Democrats and the Department of Justice.