President Donald Trump says he's getting "rave reviews" for his decision to commute the 40-month prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone, who Trump insists was not given a fair trial. (July 13)
DONALD TRUMP: This is an investigation that they said should have ended before it started. It shouldn't have started, and if it did, it should have ended immediately because they found, as you know, as well as I do, they found nothing initially, but it went on for two years or longer. And no, I did. I'm getting rave reviews for what I did for Roger Stone, and he, frankly, is going to go and now appeal his case.
He had a jury for a woman who hated Roger Stone and who hated probably me, but she went on a false pretense, and he wasn't given a fair trial. It's not a fair trial. He wasn't given another trial. He should have been given another trial. I won't say more. I won't talk about the judge. I'm not going to. Why would I ever talk about a judge? But this was a judge that gave, I believe, solitary confinement to Paul Manafort. Al Capone didn't have solitary confinement.
So these are things that happened. And if you look at President Bush, President Clinton, President Obama, take a look at what they did. Frankly, it's very unfair. Roger Stone was treated very unfairly in my opinion, and so were many others on this side. In the meantime, you have the other ones who are admitted lying before-- They admitted they lied before Congress. They leaked-- They leaked classified information, which is something you just can't do. And what are they doing? So we'll see what happens, but no, we're getting rave reviews for what I did. OK.