Asked by Fox News host Sean Hannity if he is considered a forgiveness or a commutation for Stone, Trump said in a telephone interview, “I still think. ”
“You will look like everyone else in this case,” he said.
“If you say he prays, his prayer can be answered,” said Trump. “Let’s see what’s going on. ”
He said Stone is a “good person” and “a character.”
Stone was convicted last fall of five counts of lying to Congress, one count of falsifying witnesses and one count of obstructing the proceedings of a committee of Congress. Among other things, he had deceived Congress over his communications with those responsible for the Trump campaign in 2016, the jury unanimously decided.
Prosecutors say Stone lied during his testimony and did not hand over documents to Congress in 2017 showing that he had sought to join WikiLeaks the previous year. He lied on five facts, obscuring his attempt to use intermediaries to obtain information that could assist the Trump-era candidate in the elections against Hillary Clinton.
Prosecutors initially asked for seven to nine years in prison, but Attorney General William Barr reverted to the recommendation, hours after Trump criticized her on Twitter for being too harsh.
Four prosecutors withdrew from the case in response to Barr’s decision. Two new supervisors from the US prosecutor’s office in DC joined forces to manage Stone’s conviction, and a new sentence note was issued, requesting “much less” time.
Stone was finally sentenced to 40 months in prison earlier this year.
The rapid progress of the case has raised questions about the department’s independence from political pressure and prompted Democrats in Congress to ask the Justice Department’s Inspector General to investigate.
This story has been updated with additional information.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.