Trump says Roger Stone ‘has a very good chance of exoneration’

Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional investigation

President Donald Trump said Thursday his friend and former associate Roger Stone “has a very good chance of exoneration.”

Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison earlier Thursday.

Stone was convicted last fall of lying to Congress and threatening a witness regarding his efforts for Trump’s 2016 campaign.

“Roger has a very good chance of exoneration in my opinion,” Trump said at an event at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Headquarters.

Trump called Stone a “character” and said he likes him.

“He’s a smart guy, he’s a little different, but those are sometimes the most interesting. But he’s a good person. His family is fantastic,” Trump said at the criminal justice reform event.