JILL COLVIN and ERIC TUCKER
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called Roger Stone to inform his longtime political confidant that he would commute his sentence for crimes related to the Russia investigation, Stone told The Associated Press on Friday, just days before he was set to report to prison.
The White House later confirmed the commuting of the sentence in a statement, saying Stone was a victim of the Russia "hoax."
The move, though short of a full pardon, is sure to alarm critics who have long railed against the president's repeated interventions in the nation's justice system.
"The president told me he thought my trial has been unfair," Stone told the AP in a phone call from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Stone said he expressed his gratitude and was poppi