Judge orders Trump adviser Roger Stone to report to prison by July 14

Judge orders Trump adviser Roger Stone to report to prison by July 14

By: Reuters | Washington |

Printed: June 27, 2020 8:35:17 am

Roger Stone is accompanied by his spouse Nydia as he arrives at federal court docket in Washington for his sentencing on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, for obstructing a congressional inquiry in a bid to guard President Donald Trump. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Instances)

A federal decide on Friday ordered Roger Stone, President Donald Trump’s longtime pal and adviser, to report back to jail by July 14 to start his sentence after being convicted of seven prison counts final 12 months, granting him a 14-day extension over issues concerning the coronavirus.

The 67-year-old veteran Republican operative and self-described “soiled trickster,” who lives in South Florida, had been scheduled to report back to a federal jail in Jesup, Georgia, by subsequent Tuesday. Florida is experiencing rising numbers of coronavirus infections.

Stone was discovered responsible by a jury final November of obstruction, witness tampering and mendacity to Congress below oath throughout its investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election.

US District Choose Amy Berman Jackson, who in February sentenced him to 3 years and 4 months in jail, granted the extension sought by Stone and ordered him positioned in house confinement.

“It will tackle the defendant’s acknowledged medical issues throughout the present enhance of reported circumstances in Florida, and Broward County particularly, and it’ll respect and shield the well being of different inmates who share defendant’s nervousness over the potential introduction and unfold of the virus at this now-unaffected facility,” Berman stated.

Trump, who has argued that Stone was handled unfairly, declined to reply immediately when requested in a Fox Information Channel interview on Thursday whether or not he would subject him a pardon.

Stone was one in every of a number of Trump associates who had been convicted or pleaded responsible to prices stemming from former Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed Russian meddling within the 2016 election to spice up Trump’s candidacy. He was convicted of mendacity to the Home of Representatives Intelligence Committee about his makes an attempt to contact WikiLeaks, the web site that launched damaging emails about Trump’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton that US intelligence officers have concluded had been stolen by Russian hackers.

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