Roger Stone, the longtime GOP operative and associate of President Donald Trump whose criminal case became a platform for claims of political bias at the Justice Department and attacks on his jurors, had his sentence commuted Friday amid scrutiny of the department’s handling of cases stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

In a statement Friday announcing the grant of clemency, the White House called Stone’s sentence “unjust,” and said he is “a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump presidency.”

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