President Trump will commute Roger Stone's sentence, just days before the political operative is scheduled to report to prison, Fox News reported Friday, citing sources.
Stone, a self-described "agent provocateur" and "dirty trickster," was sentenced to serve more 40 months in prison on charges resulting from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation. He was slated to begin serving his sentence on July 14.
Trump has voiced displeasure at Stone's sentence numerous time. Recently the president said:
"I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people. And, in the meantime [former FBI Director James] Comey and all these guys are walking around, including Joe [Biden] and [Barack] Obama."
A commutation is not the same as a pardon. Whereas a presidential pardon completely absolves an individual of a crime, a commutation lessens a person's punishment (such as eliminating jail time), but leaves their conviction standing.