Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence for lying to Congress

Also convicted of witness tampering and obstructing House investigation
Roger Stone: One of Trump’s closest advisers
Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, leaves the Federal Courthouse on Jan. 25, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Stone was charged by special counsel Robert Mueller of obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone.

Stone told The Associated Press that Trump called Friday to inform him he would commute his prison sentence for crimes related to the Russia probe.

The White House later confirmed the commutation, saying that Stone was a victim of the Russia “hoax.”

The move comes just days before Stone was set to report to prison for a more-than-three year term.

He was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.