As the Department of Justice changes its recommended sentencing for Roger Stone, and the prosecutors who secured his guilty verdict resign en masse, a petition calling for President Donald Trump to pardon Stone has reached nearly 120,000 signatures.
Yesterday, the DOJ reportedly claimed it was shocked to learn of the sentencing recommended for Stone that would have seen him in prison for up to 9 years, and said it would change its sentencing recommendation for the longtime associate of President Trump and former Infowars host.
Hours later, news broke that the four attorneys who prosecuted the case all resigned, some say in protest to the DOJ changing its recommendation.
At the same time, President Trump began tweeting about Stone, in a move some believe may lead to a pardon.
Most recently, President Trump tweeted, “Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone (who was not even working for the Trump Campaign.)”
The president continued, “Gee, that sounds very fair! Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp!”
Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone (who was not even working for the Trump Campaign). Gee, that sounds very fair! Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp! @foxandfriends @TuckerCarlson
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
A petition calling for President Trump to pardon Stone has grown rapidly since the DOJ and President Trump began discussing Stone’s case.
With just under 115,000 signatures at time of publication, those signing “respectfully request that the President of the United States grant a full and unconditional pardon to Roger Jason Stone Jr.”
The petition continues:
It’s time to stop the Deep State working from against our President. The people who have stood with President Trump have been slammed, censored, and are now going to prison, for nothing more than standing up to the Deep State and the Democrats. President Trump, now is time to say “enough is enough” and pardon Roger Stone.
He stood with you against the hate directed at your campaign, and now he needs your help. Please give him the pardon the he deserves.
Some have speculated that Stone could be pardoned by the president next week, after his sentencing, or in the days leading up to when he will surrender himself into federal custody later this year.