Trump Says Stone Jury Foreperson Was 'Jumping Up and Down' at Guilty Verdict

President Donald Trump told a Las Vegas rally crowd Friday that the foreperson of the jury that convicted Roger Stone "started jumping up and down" after the guilty verdict was handed down.

Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison Thursday for obstructing justice during a congressional investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

While Trump did not mention Stone by name, Trump's language echoed a tweet he made in which he called Stone's original recommended sentence of up to nine years "very unfair."

This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020

"The thing we're working on right now," Trump said during his speech, "we're trying to get fairness for a certain person who has been treated very unfairly. A man who had a juror who was a radical anti-Trump person, and she didn't say that when she went up there. And she became the foreperson of the jury. And she did terrible things and said terrible things."

"You know how they caught her?" Trump continued. "When he was convicted and then a statement was made, she started jumping up and down screaming 'Yes, yes,' and started telling everybody and everybody said, 'Wait a minute, wasn't she just a juror?' The woman was totally biased. How do you do this?"

"Look, I fight," Trump added. "Sometimes it's not worth it, but I gotta fight for fairness."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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President Donald Trump told supporters in Nevada in Thursday that the foreperson on the jury that convicted Roger Stone "was jumping up and down" after Stone was convicted. Mario Tama/Getty

Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart of Memphis, Tennessee posted on social media in defense of four federal prosecutors who withdrew from the Stone case after the Department of Justice announced they would seek a reduction in Stone's sentence.

"I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis — the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial," Hart wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post in February. "It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice."

Hart ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012 but was defeated by Representative Steve Cohen. Although Hart appears to have deleted her Facebook page since that time, some of the tweets from her Twitter account were perceived as being anti-Trump.

"Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias," Trump tweeted. "Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the 'Justice' Department. @foxandfriends @FoxNews"

Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias. Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the “Justice” Department. @foxandfriends @FoxNews

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020

Seth Cousins, who also served on Stone's jury, told CNN in February that Hart made sure the other jurors were serious about the trial process.

"She was probably the strongest advocate in the room for a rigorous process, for the rights of the defendant and for making sure that we took it seriously and looked at each charge," Cousins said. "Without her in the room, we would have returned the same verdict and we would have returned it more quickly and without looking as deeply into the evidence. I am firmly convinced of that."

Trump told a Nevada crowd on Thursday that he was not planning to pardon Stone anytime soon.

"At some point, I'll make a determination," Trump said, "but Roger Stone and everybody has to be treated fairly. And this has not been a fair process."