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

Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJustice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report Romney says Trump's protest tweets 'clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions' Bannon trial date set in alleged border wall scam MORE railed Monday against the U.S. justice system in his first television interview since President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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 HannityTrump ABC town hall pulls in fewer viewers than 'America's Got Talent,' NBA, Fox News Dershowitz suing CNN for 0 million in defamation suit If Trump doesn't know why he should be president again, how can voters? 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 SchiffOvernight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Overnight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings 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 CarlsonOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: 'No sector worse hurt than energy' during pandemic | Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Trump ABC town hall pulls in fewer viewers than 'America's Got Talent,' NBA, Fox News 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.