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President Trump's friend and advisor Roger Stone was sentenced to three years and 4 months for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction of justice. But he may never see the inside of a prison.
Stone walked out of the courthouse with a big smile on his face after the sentence was handed down on Thursday.
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, said she rejected prosecutors' demands for nine years - but not because of outside pressure.
Four prosecutors walked off the job last week after the Department of Justice and President Trump intervened, saying the nine years demanded by the prosecution was unfair.
He is out on bail as his lawyers plan to file for a retrial on the basis that the jury foreperson, Tomeka Hart, was an anti-Trump activist who often tweeted leftwing Russia collusion posts on social media.
It also emerged that Judge Berman Jackson denied a request to strike a potential juror who was an Obama-era press official with anti-Trump views.
President Trump has dropped hints that he will pardon Stone.
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Rod Blagojevich says he's a "freed political prisoner" after President Donald Trump commuted his prison sentence on Tuesday. The former Illinois governor was convicted of corruption for attempting to sell former President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat.
Trump commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence after the former governor had served eight years in prison. Blagojevich appeared as a contestant on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice television show. The two men have remained friends.
Blagojevich, who is a Democrat, praised Trump and called himself a "Trumpocrat."
"He didn't have to do this," Blagojevich said. "He's a Republican president. I was a Democratic governor. Doing this does nothing to help his politics."
Blagojevich held a press conference outside his Chicago home on Wednesday morning. As he spoke, he repeatedly wiped blood from his chin with tissue and apologized to the news media, saying he cut himself while shaving.
"I'm bruised, and I'm battered and bloody," he said. "Long time since I shaved with a normal razor and it takes a little bit of practice. Sorry about this blood."
His wife, Patti Blagojevich, and their two daughters stood beside him as he spoke to reporters. He marveled at how tall his youngest daughter had grown. She was 8 when he went to prison.
Blagojevich, 63, was the Illinois governor from 2003 until he was impeached and removed from office in 2009. He was convicted of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat to Obama's "preferred candidate #1" Valerie Jarrett.
Blagojevich allegedly tried to curry favors from Obama in exchange for appointing Jarrett to Obama's vacant Senate seat.
Trump granted clemency to 11 convicted felons on Tuesday, including Blagojevich and junk bond kingpin Michael Milkin.
Trump has not ruled out pardoning his longtime friend and advisor Roger Stone after he is sentenced in federal court on Thursday.
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Questions surround President Donald Trump's unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Rumors are swirling that Trump, 73, was rushed to the hospital complaining of chest pain.
The White House released a statement saying Trump went to the hospital for a routine physical exam. But the report was quickly dismissed by Washington insiders.
"The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is this was not routine and he didn't go up there for half his physical," tweeted Joe Lockhart, a press secretary under President Bill Clinton.
Insiders whisper that Trump had a mild heart attack, and that he suffers from Angina, chest pain caused by narrowing of the arteries that feeds oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease.
If the president did suffer a heart attack, it was likely caused by the stress of the ongoing impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Last week was tough for the real estate tycoon. Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.
And in another setback, Trump's friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.
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The week is off to a good start for President Donald Trump who suffered political and personal setbacks last week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked a NY Lower court order for Trump to release his tax returns to House Democrats in Congress.
Chief Justice John Roberts delayed the release of the tax returns while the Supreme Court considers Trump's appeal. The temporary stay will block the release of Trump's tax returns indefinitely.
The Supreme Court is also considering a separate pending request from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who wants to review Trump’s tax returns over allegations that business records were falsified as part of a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
A lower court in New York had ordered Trump's longtime accounting firm to turn over the president's financial records to the House Democrats who are in the process of impeaching the president.
Democrats have until Thursday, Nov. 21, to file a response to Chief Justice Roberts' order.
Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.
Trump had visited the state three times to stump for his candidate, including 48 hours before the gubernatorial election.
Twitter users taunted Trump for tweeting - and deleting - "Louisiana, 3 hours left, get out and vote for @EddieRispone for Governor. Lower taxes and much more!"
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In another setback last week, Trump's friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.
A federal judge released Roger Stone on $250,000 bond hours after he was taken into custody by armed agents during a dramatic pre-dawn raid at his South Florida home on Friday.
Stone's travel is restricted to NYC, Washington, D.C. and South Florida.
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Roger Stone, a former campaign adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, was arrested by armed federal agents during a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home on Friday. Stone is charged with seven criminal counts of obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
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