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Convicted former Trump campaign official Roger Stone appeared on Fox News late Friday to participate in what was his first interview since his gag order was released and could very well be his last interview before he’s hauled off to prison in two weeks for the crime of having “supported Trump,” as FNC host Tucker Carlson put it.
During the interview, he bemoaned his 40-month prison sentence as “essentially a death sentence,” lamented the White House’s apparent refusal to pardon him and noted the unfairness of his request for a new trial being rejected.
Listen via FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
(Source: Fox News)
“I was very hopeful that the motion for a mistrial in my case — based on flagrant and blatant and even egregious juror misconduct would have won me a new trial,” he said as the interview began.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has been very clear that all defendants are entitled to a jury that is impartial and indifferent, but in this case, it is undisputable (sic) that the jury foreman attacked both me and President Trump in 2019 in social media postings, lied about it during jury selection and then later deleted her Facebook page to cover her trails.”
All of that was true.
Roger Stone jury reportedly stacked with leftist activists; Obama-appointed judge allegedly ignored
Same judge heard Manafort case and is now hearing Strzok’s lawsuit against th govt..
It’s all rigged https://t.co/L1lKmgU5NK
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 17, 2020
That was also true.
He then turned to his health condition, which he argued makes his upcoming prison sentence equivalent to a veritable death sentence.
“So at this point, the judges ordered me to surrender in two weeks, and at 67-years-old with some underlying health problems, including a history of asthma, I believe with the coronavirus, it is essentially a death sentence,” he said.
“Of course it is,” Carlson replied in agreement. “They’ve already destroyed your life. It’s the most corrupt criminal justice proceeding I’ve ever seen. Bob Dylan should be writing a song about you. And yet you can’t get a pardon because your crime was worse than raping someone — you supported Trump. Are you bitter?”
Amazingly, Stone replied that no, he’s not bitter.
“I’m glad after 16 months of being gagged, to finally at least be able to defend myself,” he said.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposed a gag order on him in February of 2019, citing the need to make sure that parties involved in the case “refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”
The order was finally lifted this Thursday. But Thursday was also the same day that Jackson rejected Stone’s request for a new trial.
“The assumption underlying the motion – that one can infer from the juror’s opinions about the President that she could not fairly consider the evidence against the defendant – is not supported by any facts or data and it is contrary to controlling legal precedent,” she wrote in her ruling, despite evidence to the contrary. “The motion is a tower of indignation, but at the end of the day, there is little of substance holding it up.”
Yet Berman openly admitted that the lead juror in Stone’s trial had been a partisan operative.
“The juror’s personal affiliation with Democratic politics was set forth in her written answers,” the judge reportedly wrote. “She said straight out that she had opinions about the ‘officials’ on the list of people who might be mentioned in the case, and Donald Trump was the most prominent, if not the only, ‘official’ named.'”
The ruling incited the anger of the president:
This is a disgraceful situation! https://t.co/s2qZSrGw6U
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2020
“I wasn’t prosecuted because I was covering anything up for the president,” Stone continued Thursday. “I was prosecuted because I refused to bear false witness against the president. I refused to dissemble, as the prosecutors wanted, about numerous phone calls between myself and candidate Trump in 2016.”
“So at this juncture, I am praying for justice, I am praying for mercy, but I’ve got to be honest with you — it’s in God’s hands.”
According to reports, he could still file an appeal, though the chances of it being approved by Berman — whose own history is quite controversial — remain low.
Roger Stone could appeal and ask judges to stay his 40-month sentence. He tells Fox’s Tucker Carlson he doesn’t know why he hasn’t been pardoned, adds, “At this juncture I am praying for justice, I am praying for mercy. But I got to be honest with you, it’s in God’s hands.”
— Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) April 18, 2020
“At this time, the Stone team is reviewing the decision and will determine how to proceed in the coming days,” one of Stone’s defense lawyers, Seth Ginsberg, said in a statement to Newsweek on Thursday.
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