Donald Trump said Friday he is "looking at" a possible pardon for former campaign aide and longtime friend Roger Stone, the latest sign he is willing to use his powers as president to help former associates who have been convicted of federal crimes.
Mr Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and federal officials about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 US election cycle. The president again on Friday said his former adviser was treated unfairly.
"Well, I'll be looking at it," he said over Marine One's loud engine hum as he departed for several official events and fundraisers in Florida. "I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people. And, in the meantime [former FBI Director James] Comey and all these guys are walking around, including Joe [Biden] and [Barack] Obama."
"We caught them spying on my campaign," he added before heading for the executive helicopter, referring to the former vice president and president – and reprising his unproven "Obamagate" conspiracy theory that the Obama administration illegally spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.