NEW YORK July, 11 2020- President Trump may well have just saved his life, an elated and relieved Roger Stone told The Post moments after learning his sentence was commuted — from Trump himself.
“I’m obviously very pleased,” Stone, 67, said shortly after Trump called his Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home with the good news on Friday night.
The reprieve came just days before Stone was to turn himself in on Tuesday to begin serving a 40-month sentence.
“I told him I was grateful,” Stone told The Post of his chat with the president.
“He protected my health.”
Stone added, “He believes in justice. I felt pretty confident that if he heard the facts of my case, he would make the right decision.
During their call, Trump, in turn, cited their long friendship and his belief that Stone is not a criminal.
“He said we’ve known each other for 40 years,” Stone said.
“In his opinion, he did not believe I committed a crime.”
Stone said he can now appeal his case from the safety of his South Florida home, without the danger of catching the coronavirus while in prison.
“With the risk of catching COVID, I might not live long enough to see my opinion” in his appeal, he said.( nypost.com)