President Donald Trump declined Wednesday to say whether he was considering a pardon for his longtime confidant Roger Stone, leaving the possibility open just a day after the Justice Department announced that it would reduce Stone’s recommended sentence.
“I don’t want to say yet,” Trump told reporters when asked during an event in the Oval Office whether he was considering pardoning Stone.
“People were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people,” Trump continued. “I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this horrible thing.”
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it was reducing its recommended seven- to nine-year sentence for Stone hours after Trump complained about it on Twitter. The department’s move prompted all four prosecutors on the case to abruptly resign from the proceedings.
“I’m not concerned about anything, concerned about nothing,” Trump said when asked whether he found the prosecutors’ departures troubling. “They ought to go back to school and learn. Because I’ll tell you, the way they treated people, nobody should be treated like that.”