President Trump commuted the 40-month sentence of his friend and confidant Roger Stone, he announced Friday evening. "Mr. Stone would be put at serious risk in prison," the White House said in a statement, calling him a "victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years." Stone was convicted of seven felony charges, including witness tampering and making false statements to Congress, as a result of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. Stone was set to begin his term on Tuesday, though his lawyers did request a 60-day delay. Trump called Stone "very unfairly treated" when talking to journalists earlier Friday. Stone said on Friday he didn't want a pardon because it would imply guilt.

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