Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering in an effort to help Trump by obstructing an investigation into Russian election meddling.

The decision came after infighting at the Justice Department over Attorney General William Barr’s overruling of prosecutors’ recommendation that Stone be sentenced to up to nine years. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Barr’s intervention was “unprecedented” but didn’t influence her final decision.

Stone’s lawyers had said he should serve no time in prison and planned to appeal.

Trump retweeted a video of Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggesting Trump could simply pardon Stone, raising speculation that he might do just that.

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