President Donald Trump fired off a tweet early Thursday suggesting that Trump may be considering pardoning his longtime confidant Roger Stone who is facing a sentencing hearing later in the day.
In his tweet, Trump shared a clip of Fox News host Tucker Carlson saying that the president could end the “travesty” of Roger Stone’s criminal case.
The clip, which was taken from Carlson’s Wednesday opinion program, included the outspoken Trump ally vehemently denouncing the original sentencing recommendation Stone received for lying to Congress and witness tampering. He then added that “Trump could end this travesty in an instant with a pardon and there are indications tonight that he will do that.”
“Democrats will become unhinged if Trump pardons Stone, but they’re unhinged anyway,” Carlson said.
“What has happened to Roger Stone should never happen to anyone in this country of any political party,” he added. “It’s completely immoral, it’s wrong. Fixing it is the right thing to do.”
Stone is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for crimes unearthed amid former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. His case sparked controversy last week after Justice Department (DOJ) leaders intervened to ask for a shorter sentence than the prosecution team had originally recommended.
Prosecutors initially told a federal judge that Stone should serve a prison sentence of seven to nine years. But DOJ intervened, saying that the recommendation did not “accurately reflect” its position after Trump voiced outrage on Twitter over the recommendation.
Stone’s entire prosecution team resigned after the development in what was widely viewed as a sign of protest. The events have also spurred renewed calls from Democrats for Attorney General William Barr to resign.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.