Trump on possible Roger Stone pardon: 'His prayer may be answered'

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE on Thursday said in multiple interviews that he would consider granting a pardon or clemency for longtime confidant Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon asked Trump DOJ to reimburse his legal fees from Russia probe: report Feds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security MORE.

When asked by Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPoll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election 9 Republicans not named Trump who could run in 2024 MORE whether he is considering a pardon or commutation for Stone, Trump responded, “I am always thinking.”

"You'll be watching like everyone else in this case," Trump told Hannity.


Stone was convicted in November 2019 of making false statements, obstructing an official proceeding and witness tampering in a case related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s Russia investigation.

Stone on Monday asked an appeals court to delay his 40-month prison sentence amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic in the Georgia facility where he is currently set to serve his term.

Trump also slammed Stone’s treatment by law enforcement in an interview with radio host Howie Carr Thursday. 

"He was framed. He was treated horrible. He was treated so badly," Trump said. The president has repeatedly defended Stone, previously calling him the "victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt." 

Carr cited reports that Stone is “praying” for a commutation of his convictions or a pardon from the president.


“Well if you say he’s praying, his prayer may be answered. Let’s find out what happened,” Trump responded. 

Trump added to reporters Friday morning that he will "be looking at" Stone's case and criticized former FBI director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE, former President Obama and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE. Trump has repeatedly accused the previous administration of "spying" on his presidential campaign. 

"I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people, and, in the meantime, Comey and all these guys are walking around, including Biden and Obama, because we caught them spying on my campaign," Trump told reporters. "Who would have believed that one?”

Prosecutors initially asked for seven to nine years in prison for Stone’s sentence, but Attorney General William BarrBill BarrLieu calls Catholic bishops 'hypocrites' for move to deny Biden communion The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Senate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo MORE reduced the recommendation.

In a court filing on Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a court filing Thursday that it supports Stone starting his jail sentence next week.

The DOJ wrote that Stone failed to provide adequate reasoning as to why he should be treated differently from other convicted felons.

Stone is currently due to report to prison on July 14.

Morgan Chalfant contributed to this report which was updated at 10:39 a.m.