Transcript for Trump delays New Hampshire rally as he continues to face backlash over coronavirus
This morning the Democrats are denouncing president trump's overnight move to commute the sentence of his longtime friend and associate Roger stone just days before stone was set to report to prison. ABC's Rachel Scott is in Washington with more on that and other angles this morning. Rachel, good morning to you. Reporter: Dan, good morning. Roger stone said the decision came in the Nick of time right before he was set to start that 40-month prison sentence. Earlier this week attorney general William Barr called that sentence fair but the white house says stone was treated unfairly and he will spend no time behind bars. Overnight president trump declaring his longtime friend Roger stone a free man. Just a few minutes ago I had a very gracious call from the president of the United States. He told me that he had decided to use his extraordinary powers of clemency to commute my sentence. Reporter: Stone, a longtime adviser and ally to the president was found guilty of lying to congress, witness tampering and obstructing the house investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In a statement, the white house press secretary calling stone a victim of the Russia hoax, saying he has already suffered greatly and echoing the president's repeated claims that he was treated very unfairly. This has not been a fair process. I think Roger stone was very unfairly treated as were many people. Reporter: Stone, a self-described dirty trickster, will not serve a day of his more than three-year prison sentence. While Republicans praise the move Democrats quickly condemn it. What we're seeing today is an appalling overture to people essentially from the president saying if you lie for me, you cover up for me, I will reward you. On the other hand, if you are a rat and you cooperate, then like a mafia boss I will come after you. Reporter: The decision coming late Friday night as the president wrapped up a trip to Florida. The state now fighting a rise in coronavirus cases but the president did not hold a single event on the pandemic. Rather, focusing in on drug trafficking, sanctions against Venezuela and campaign fund-raising, bouncing from event to event without wearing a mask. In an interview with Telemundo he suggested it is under control. But this weekend, president trump's campaign plans brought to a halt. His outdoor rally in new Hampshire postponed. His campaign blaming bad weather. And president trump will visit Walter reed medical center today. He said in an interview he will likely wear a mask as he visits veterans and health care workers on the front lines. Eva. Rachel Scott for us.
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