Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone just days before he was due to report to prison to serve 40 months for crimes related to the Russia investigation.
The White House confirmed the commuting of the sentence in a statement, saying Stone was a victim of the Russia “hoax”.
Though short of a full pardon, the commutation is sure to alarm critics who have long been critical of the president’s repeated interventions in the nation’s justice system.
Stone had been sentenced in February for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.
He was set to report to prison by Tuesday.
A commutation would not erase Stone’s felony convictions in the same way a pardon would, but it would protect him from serving prison time as a result.
Source : Sky News