Trump's Roger Stone Order Says His Release Won't Compromise 'Safety of Community'

President Donald Trump stated in his order granting clemency to Roger Stone that Stone's release will not compromise "the safety of the community."

"It has been made to appear that the ends of justice do not require the said Roger Jason Stone, Jr. to remain confined to his home or serve the said sentence, and the safety of the community will not be compromised if he is released from home confinement and clemency is granted," the president stated in the order.

Roger Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in prison in February after he was convicted for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional committee looking into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, an investigation that ultimately concluded the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia.

Trump granted his former advisor clemency July 10, a four days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison in Georgia. Stone made an appearance on Fox News Monday where he derided the prosecutors on his case, calling them "really sadistic, arrogant, [and] politically motivated."

"I had a biased judge, I had a stacked jury, I had a corrupt jury forewoman...my trial was over before it started. When you go through something like this, you find out who your real friends are and who the people are who never really were your friends," Stone said on Hannity.

The White House stated in a July 10 press release that Trump "signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr."

"Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia," the White House stated.

"Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!" the White House stated.

Trump, who has been friends with Stone for about 40 years, told reporters the day he signed the Executive Grant of Clemency he believed Stone was "unfairly treated."

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

Prominent Democrats were critical of Trump following news of Stone's clemency. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Trump a "lawless president" leading the Republican Party. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said "commuting Roger Stone's sentence is a terrible blow to justice."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an appearance on CNN she is recommending a law that would no longer allow a president to issue a pardon if the crime was committed to protect that president.

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Roger Stone outside his house wearing a Free Roger Stone T-Shirt holding the New York Post newspaper on July 12, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. President Donald Trump stated in the clemency order "the safety of the community will not be compromised if [Stone] is released from home confinement and clemency is granted." Johnny Louis/Getty