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Trump, tweeting a Tucker Carlson segment, hints of possible pardon for Roger Stone

Roger Stone arrives at the U.S. District Court in Washington on Nov. 5. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

President Trump tweeted a clip from a Fox News segment early Thursday that suggested he is leaning toward pardoning confidant Roger Stone, who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Tucker Carlson, along with other Fox News personalities, serves as an informal adviser to the president. While it was unclear whether Carlson knows something about Trump’s plans to which the public is not privy, or was again lobbying the president, the fact that Trump retweeted the clip suggests at least that he approves of the idea, which he claimed Tuesday he had not thought about.

“President Trump could end this travesty in an instant with a pardon, and there are indications tonight that he will do that,” the Fox News host said on his show Wednesday night, noting the series of pardons the president has already offered this week.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday, Trump posted a clip of the segment, which includes Carlson ridiculing the prosecutors involved with Stone’s case, as well as U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is set to sentence the president’s longtime friend. Trump pinned the tweet, in which Carlson calls Stone’s case “a shocking insult to the American tradition of equal justice,” to the top of his account.

Since Roger Stone was arrested in early 2019, President Trump has not ruled out a pardon for his former political adviser. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

In the segment, Carlson noted that Trump used his sweeping presidential pardon powers Tuesday to forgive the crimes of the likes of convicted junk bond king Michael Milken and former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik. Also included in the pardons this week was former Illinois governor Rod R. Blagojevich.

“Democrats will become unhinged if Trump pardons Roger Stone, but they’re unhinged anyway,” the host said. “What has happened to Roger Stone should never happen to anyone in this country of any political party. … It’s completely immoral, it’s wrong.”

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Although Trump told reporters Tuesday that he hadn’t thought about pardoning Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the president expressed his unhappiness regarding the cases. “I think Roger Stone has been treated unfairly,” he said this week.

It was a sentiment repeated Wednesday by Carlson, who has repeatedly advocated for Trump to pardon Stone.

“Fixing it is the right thing to do,” Carlson said of Stone’s case, “and in the end, that is the only thing that matters.”