Former political operative Roger Stone, a long-time friend of President Donald Trump, was convicted last November on a slew of felonies – lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a congressional committee proceeding – tied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged “synergy” between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.
In statement on his personal website on Tuesday, Stone and his lawyers said that they had petitioned the court to dismiss the appeal.
“I have reluctantly decided to dismiss the appeal of what I believe to be a wrongful conviction in a trial tainted by judicial bias, egregious and blatant juror bias and misconduct and prosecutorial misconduct,” the statement read. “Therefore, I directed my attorneys to withdraw my appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.”
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On June 11, 2020, Trump abruptly commuted the 40-month prison sentence handed down by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the Unites States Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC.
“Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency,” said White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. “There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.”
The Trump Administration painted Stone as a victim of a cruel injustifce perpetrated by enemies of the president.
“Mr. Stone, like every American, deserves a fair trial and every opportunity to vindicate himself before the courts. The President does not wish to interfere with his efforts to do so. At this time, however, and particularly in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial, the President has determined to commute his sentence. Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!,” McEnany said.
Stone expressed his gratitude Tuesday afternoon.
“I am eternally grateful that the President saw the injustices in my case, and given my age and health, commuted my sentence, literally to save my life,” Stone said.
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