Transcript for Will Roger Stone be pardoned?
Meantime tonight, president trump's long-time associate Roger stone sentenced today. He was convicted on seven counts. The president had said federal prosecutors had asked for too much prison time. Well, today, the judge, before handing own her sentence, issued a blistering rebuke to stone, and then her sentence. Here's ABC's Pierre Thomas. Reporter: Roger stone, the so-called dirty trickster and long-time friend of the president, smiling as he walked into court today amid cheers and jeers. Traitor! Reporter: But the smile drained from his face as he got a blistering dressing down from judge ailmy Berman Jackson. Jackson making clear stone's conviction on seven felony counts, including lying to congress and witness tampering, warranted severe punishment. The judge saying bluntly stone "Was not prosecuted, as some have claimed, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president." Trump has been sounding off on the case for weeks. I think Roger stone was treated very badly. Reporter: Federal prosecutors initially recommending that stone receive a seven to nine-year prison sentence, only to be overruled by attorney general William Barr. Did you talk to the president at all about your decision regarding the recommendations? Never. Reporter: But today, stone alone faced the wrath of a scolding judge. "The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger stone's insistence that it doesn't, his belligerence, his pride in his own lies are a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the foundations of our democracy. If it goes unpunished, everyone loses." The judge sentenced him to three years and four months in prison. The big question tonight -- will stone get a presidential pardon? The answer? Not yet. I'm following this very closely and I want to see it play out to its fullest, because Roger has a very good chance of exoneration, in my opinion. All right, Pierre Thomas with us live tonight from the courthouse. And Pierre, president trump clearly was not happy with how this case played out, but today, he signaled that any possible pardon for Roger stone would not come immediately. Reporter: David, stone has requested a new trial, alleging jury misconduct. It appears president trump is going to wait and see how that plays out before any decision on a pardon. All right, Pierre Thomas, witnessing the scene there in court today. Pierre, thank you.
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