Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Matt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid Barr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' MORE railed Monday against the U.S. justice system in his first television interview since President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE stepped in and commuted his more than three-year prison sentence.

Stone, a longtime ally and confidant of Trump, claimed that he had a "biased judge" and a "stacked jury" and that he was prosecuted by "really sadistic, arrogant, politically motivated prosecutors."

"I’m afraid this is a fixed system," Stone told Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPence on debating Harris: 'I can't wait' QAnon supporter in Georgia heads into tight GOP runoff Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE.

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"This is the most horrible experience you can have," Stone continued. "I see immediately why 99 percent of the people who choose to plead not guilty and go to trial lose when you're up against the horrific and deep-pocketed resources of the federal government."

Stone was convicted in November by a jury in Washington, D.C., on all counts he was charged with in connection with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia probe, including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.

Trump commuted Stone's sentence the same day an appeals court denied Stone’s motion to delay his prison term, which was slated to begin Tuesday.

While the commutation was not particularly shocking, as Trump had dropped hints in recent weeks about intervening in the case, the move sparked fierce backlash from the president's critics.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffNewsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat Here's who could fill Kamala Harris's Senate seat if she becomes VP Democrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling MORE (D-Calif.), who leads the congressional panel that Stone lied to in 2017 during its investigation into Russian interference, sharply criticized Trump’s decision to commute Stone’s sentence as “among the most offensive to the rule of law and principles of justice.”

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Mueller, who led the nearly two-year investigation, penned an op-ed in The Washington Post on Saturday in which he wrote that Stone "remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Stone, in his interview with Hannity, appeared to take a victory lap, maintaining his innocence, praising Trump and Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDefamation lawsuit filed against QAnon GOP primary winner, stepmother of officer involved in Rayshard Brooks killing Tucker Carlson responds to guest correcting pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name: 'So what?' Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing MORE for being his allies throughout the trial, and echoing the president by attacking the Mueller probe as a hoax. 

"I have deep, deep affection for Donald Trump because I've known him for 30 years," Stone told Hannity.

Stone said Trump saved his life, as he is 67 years old with respiratory issues and was set to enter a prison with outbreaks of the coronavirus.

"He's a man of great justice and fairness. He's a man of enormous courage. I knew he would take some shots for this, but I think most people most fair-minded people understand. He saved my life," said Stone.