Roger Stone is headed to prison next week unless Donald Trump intervenes. And a chorus of outside allies is pressing the president to do just that — over the wishes of White House and campaign aides who don’t like Stone and think Trump has nothing to gain by helping him. Both camps expect Trump will at least split the difference by commuting Stone’s sentence. A commutation would keep Stone from behind bars without wiping his record clean.
Stone has little support in the White House and the Trump campaign. Corey Lewandowski, the 2016 campaign manager who advises the current reelection effort, has called Stone a serial liar. Stone’s friends say there’s also animosity with the campaign manager, Brad Parscale. Even Attorney General Bill Barr, who gummed up other investigations into the president, supports Stone’s imprisonment.
On the pro-Stone side are Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Matt Gaetz, and Newsmax owner Chris Ruddy, the last of whom was revealed this week of having scooped up millions in bailout funds. Ruddy is a major Trump donor.