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The president’s decision to grant clemency to his longtime confidant drew vehement criticism from Democratic lawmakers. Republicans largely kept silent, with one notable exception: Sen. Mitt Romney.
The president’s tweet came a day after the Justice Department took the unusual step of seeking a shorter sentence for the president’s ally. Four prosecutors in the case withdrew following that move.
Stone faced charges that he lied to congressional investigators and obstructed an official proceeding. He pleaded not guilty and said he’d done nothing wrong.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the political consultant not to post, like, retweet or forward following what she ruled was a breach of a gag order from earlier in his case.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, during which Stone must show cause as to why she shouldn’t alter the gag order she has imposed or reconsider Stone’s bail.