Roger Stone credits president Trump with saving his life by commuting his prison sentence
'I was facing what I really believed was a near-death sentence,' Stone said during the interview.
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Roger Stone on Monday praised President Trump during an interview on "Hannity," saying that the president's recent move to commute his prison sentence preserved his life.
President Trump on Friday signed an executive grant of clemency mere days before Stone was to report to a Georgia prison.
The 67-year-old Stone lauded Trump for taking the action now instead of waiting until after the presidential election.
"Above all though, I guess I'd have to say the most important thing here is the courageousness of the president's act," Stone said. "I know there were many, many, many people who told him, in an election year, 'Don't do this, let Roger Stone wait maybe for a pardon after the election.' Sean, I don't think I would've lived that long — not with my asthmatic condition, not with now 60 COVID-19 cases in that prison."
Stone, who noted that he has known Trump for four decades, described the nation's leader as "a man of great justice and fairness" and "a man of enormous courage." He said that Trump "saved my life and, at least on paper, he gave me a chance to fight for vindication."
"I was facing what I really believed was a near-death sentence," Stone said later during the interview.
During the interview he decried his experience throughout the saga as severely unfair.
He also expressed his gratitude toward God and toward people including Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and others.
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